Forages

Potential Nitrate Toxicity from Drought-stressed Forages—Take Precautions

by Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist High nitrate levels in water-deficient forages are likely this late summer and fall in the drought-stressed parts of the Upper Midwest and west. In addition to the chance of nitrate accumulation in forages and corn slated for harvest, there is concern that some growers in the most severely affected […]

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Should You Seed Hay and Pasture in the Late Summer This Year?

by Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist Late summer may be a good time to establish new forage seedings—if you have adequate soil moisture AND some rainfall is predicted. Success of a late-summer seeding is highly moisture dependent. Late summer temperatures are almost always sufficient to encourage rapid germination and establishment if there is soil moisture […]

July 30, 2021 | Categories: , Read More >>

KERNZA: Perennial Grain Now Available

COLIN CURETON, SUPPLY CHAIN DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST FOREVER GREEN INITIATIVE, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA Kernza® is a perennial grain crop that is winterhardy in the Upper Midwest. Albert Lea Seed is proud to be among the first companies to offer a commercially viable Kernza seed to our customers. Kernza has been in development for years, but this […]

March 9, 2021 | Categories: , Read More >>

Managing Canada Thistle in Organic & Conventional Cropping Systems

MARGARET SMITH, PHD, FORAGE AGRONOMIST, ALBERT LEA SEED STEVEN J. CARLSON, PHD, RESEARCH AGRONOMIST Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense L.) is manageable in both organic and conventional farming systems, but the approach is much different. The challenge is certainly greater on organic farms. Organic growers should think in terms of management rather than control as it […]

March 2, 2021 | Categories: , , , Read More >>

Virtual Conference Videos Now Available: Forage Day & Small Grains Day

Albert Lea Seed hosted two 2021 Virtual Conference Days: Forages Day and Small Grains Day. The videos of each of those sessions is now available on the Albert Lea Seed Youtube channel, or you can simply view them in this post. Happy learning! Forages Day Optimizing Animal Use of Summer Annuals Presented by Mary Drewnowski, […]

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 […]

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