Production and Harvesting

Information on forage and grazing management of crops such as wheat, alfalfa, fescue, sorghum, corn, rye, canola, clover and birdsfoot trefoil. Tips on determining pasture yield, no-till crop management, crop rotation, silage, haylage and baleage.

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Pasture and Hay for Horses
Pasture and Hay for Horses - Articles Articles

Pasture and Hay for Horses

Marvin Hall, Ph.D., Pat M. Comerford

To minimize feed costs, it is important to keep horses healthy and feed them a balanced ration that meets their nutritional needs. More
Forage Facts
Forage Facts - Articles Articles

Forage Facts

Paul Craig

Survival and high production of an alfalfa stand begins with an understanding of root reserves. More
Winter Alfalfa Survival
Winter Alfalfa Survival - Articles Articles
Survival and high production of an alfalfa stand begins with an understanding of photosynthesis, carbohydrate production and root reserves. More
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Forage Sorghum Planting - Articles Articles
More than just an emergency forage crop: forage sorghums and sudangrass crosses are highly digestible and high yielding. More
This March - Check Your Fields
This March - Check Your Fields - Articles Articles
How to determine the extent of winter injury to your stands following the high risk period of January and February. More
Gerald Holmes, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Bugwood.org
Fall Forage Assessment - Articles Articles
There is time now to check out your alfalfa stands and predict what conditions the stands will be in next year. More
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Alfalfa Winter Injury - Articles Articles

Alfalfa Winter Injury

Paul Craig

Snow helps to insulate alfalfa crowns from fluctuating air temperatures. A layer of snow moderates growth and initiation of buds when air temperatures move into the mid 40’s. More
Wind Damage Management in Corn
Wind Damage Management in Corn - Articles Articles

Wind Damage Management in Corn

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D.

Damage seems to be a function of the exposure, planting date, corn borer injury, stalk rot and genetics and often varies dramatically from one field to the next. More
The Mysterious Swath
The Mysterious Swath - Articles Articles
On one end of this field a 100 foot wide swath across the field showed a much reduced stand. More
Stunted Corn due to Low Soil pH
Stunted Corn due to Low Soil pH - Articles Articles
During late June, severely stunted, yellow areas were noticed in this cornfield in Centre County. More
Recovery of Frosted Corn
Recovery of Frosted Corn - Articles Articles

Recovery of Frosted Corn

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D.

The corn was uniformly frosted to the ground. All above ground green tissue was water soaked and limp. More
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Got Rye Seed? - Articles Articles

Got Rye Seed?

John Rowehl

Since rye is stored over the hot weather months before use, it has the potential for infestation and damage from insects. More
Erratic Emergence Due to Shallow Planting
Erratic Emergence Due to Shallow Planting - Articles Articles
During late May, we visited this Lancaster County corn field that exhibited a severe case of erratic and late emerging corn. More
Early Season Wheat Assessment
Early Season Wheat Assessment - Articles Articles
Making early decisions about management of wheat fields in February. More
Corn Harvesting Equipment for Wind Damaged Corn
Corn Harvesting Equipment for Wind Damaged Corn - Articles Articles
A few companies that sell equipment for picking up lodged corn. More
Calibration of Grain/Seed Drills
Calibration of Grain/Seed Drills - Articles Articles

Calibration of Grain/Seed Drills

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA, Ron Hoover

The seed delivery system in drills is not as precise as that used in planters because they use flutes or sponges to meter seed instead of seed singulation. More
Rye on tomatoes. Photo: Lee Stivers
This Isn’t Your Father’s Cereal Rye - Articles Articles
Use management objectives to determine rye cover crop seeding rates. More
John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
Burndown Herbicide Considerations - Articles Articles

Burndown Herbicide Considerations

Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

Air temperature before, during, and after application can influence control with burndown. More
Burndown Herbicide Options For Corn
Burndown Herbicide Options For Corn - Articles Articles

Burndown Herbicide Options For Corn

Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

When it comes to burndown, environmental conditions and size of the weeds matter. More
Preparing your Pastures for Spring
Preparing your Pastures for Spring - Articles Articles

Preparing your Pastures for Spring

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D.

Now is the time to capitalize on warm, early spring days. More
Figure 1. Checking wheat plant populations
Wheat Stand Assessment - Articles Articles

Wheat Stand Assessment

John Rowehl

Check on the effects of late planting and/or winter weather. More
The Time for Planter Maintenance is Here
The Time for Planter Maintenance is Here - Articles Articles

The Time for Planter Maintenance is Here

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Issues with yield reductions in no-tillage can often be traced back to failure to guarantee accurate seed placement. More
Residue Distribution Critical for No-till Success
Residue Distribution Critical for No-till Success - Articles Articles

Residue Distribution Critical for No-till Success

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Did you know that no-till planting starts at harvest? Uniformly distributed crop residue is critical to obtaining a good stand of the next crop. More
Planting Green – A New Cover Crop Management Technique
Planting Green – A New Cover Crop Management Technique - Articles Articles
Learn how this no-till farming practice can turn primary crops like corn and soybeans into cover crops, and improve soil conservation and pest management. More
Part 3: Opening Discs, Gauge Wheels, Critical Wear Areas
Part 3: Opening Discs, Gauge Wheels, Critical Wear Areas - Videos Videos
Part 3 of the video series, No-till Planters: Design Features, Adjustment and Maintenance, that covers components of a corn planter that are critical for successful no-till planting. More