Forages

Albert Lea Seed Hosting Two February Virtual Conference Events

After our first two virtual conference sessions back in December, we’re gearing up for two new, free virtual conference sessions for farmers. Farm Forages Virtual Conference – February 3, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm (Please pre-register at: bit.ly/34BVeRg) Small Grains Virtual Conference – February 4, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm (Please pre-register at: […]

Should You Harvest Your Alfalfa This Fall?

Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist, Albert Lea Seed At the beginning of October in the Upper Midwest, we’re in the period of ‘hay harvest roulette’.  Take a last cutting now? What are the chances of winter kill? Wait another week? Do those chances increase or decrease? There is an element of gambling in farming, but […]

October 2, 2020 | Categories: , Read More >>

Late-Summer Hay and Pasture Seedings

by Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist Late summer is a great time to establish new forage seedings—if you have adequate soil moisture AND some rainfall is predicted. Like the variation in temperature in Goldilock’s porridge, last year was TOO wet in many areas to establish forages in late summer, and, this year, parts of the […]

July 30, 2020 | Categories: , Read More >>

Early Season Discount on Select KWS Hybrid Rye Varieties

Hybrid rye provides farmers an opportunity for a third crop in a corn-soybean rotation. Carefully bred for very high grain and biomass yields, excellent lodging resistance, and low ergot, hybrid rye is superior to “standard” open-pollinated winter rye varieties. In other words, hybrid winter rye is not your grandfather’s cereal rye. Interest in hybrid rye […]

July 2, 2020 | Categories: , , , Read More >>

Did Freezing Temperatures Damage Your Alfalfa or Red Clover?

by Margaret Smith, PhD, Forage Agronomist The below-freezing temperatures across Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, and parts of Iowa may have damaged seedling or established alfalfa and red clover stands. Don’t react too quickly, though, to the temperatures reported at your nearby official weather station, as these are recorded five feet above the ground. Several factors […]

May 12, 2020 | Categories: , Read More >>

Spring Evaluation of Hybrid Rye Crop [3 VIDEOS]

Spring evaluation of your hybrid rye crop is critical to understand fertilization, yield potential, and replant options. Warming temperatures are triggering green up in the hybrid rye crop, but is your crop worth keeping? And will your crop need additional fertilizer? Hybrid rye is a vast improvement over the open-pollinated rye varieties often grown for […]

April 17, 2020 | Categories: , , Read More >>

Not Just Emergency Forages: Sorghum, Sorghum-Sudangrass & Sudangrasses

by Chaunce Stanton, Marketing Manager and Margaret Smith, PhD, Forage Agronomist Winter-killed alfalfa, prolonged drought, or flooding can require the quick establishment of annual grasses (like those in the sorghum family) for emergency forage. They grow quickly during the warm summer months and can produce tons of biomass. But there are other benefits to these […]

February 14, 2020 | Categories: Read More >>

Mission Impossible? Growing Quality Oats

By Mac Ehrhardt, President and Co-Owner Matt Leavitt, Organic Lead/Agronomist Oats can help farmers spread their workload across a season and provide a crop for on-farm feed and straw and an off-farm crop for the food ingredient market. Livestock producers can feed oats at a variety of maturity stages and quality levels, but for producers […]

May 6, 2019 | Categories: , Read More >>