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: ,

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: ,

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 non-GMO & organic 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 […]

May 12, 2020 | Categories: ,

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: , ,

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:

Seed Options for Prevented Planting 2019

by Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist Prevented Planting Requirements Prevented planting is no one’s top choice, but due to frequent and sometimes heavy rains this spring, but it may be your best option. Guidelines for prevented planting acres are to ‘control weeds’ meaning if weeds aren’t controlled, weed seeds will be ‘the gift that keeps […]

May 29, 2019 | Categories: , ,

How Much Nitrogen Does Your New Pasture Need?

By Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist Should you apply nitrogen when seeding a new pasture? Does it matter if you are seeding only grasses or a grass/legume mix? Establishing a new pasture from former cropland or hay ground is the perfect time to soil test and apply lime, P and K, but save some dollars […]

May 9, 2019 | Categories: ,