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  • 2021 Oregon Seed Crops Report - Cover Crops, Forages, Turf

    By Risa DeMasi

    Published Jun 14 

    As reported by Jerry Hall, GO SeedThe 2021 crop is going to be very interesting as inventory stocks on many turf, forage, and cover crop seed species are at all time lows. There will certainly be a lot of jockeying for position at the cleaning facilities by a lot of companies for a lot of different species. The Oregon seed industry will be working diligently to try to get as much seed out as quickly as possible but there will be issues. Production fields looked rough going into the winter and many fields didn’t look a whole lot better coming out of it. The damage last summer/fall from voles was real and devastating, in some areas, leaving fields lacking in plant population...

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    Grazing Systems: What types are there?

    By Robert Malmstrom

    Published Mar 9, 2020 

    As the forage growth improves it can also help with your stocking rates. It can also force animals to utilize more of the forages that are available to them... When you promote forage growth you also reduce the chance of weeds taking hold. Your forage grasses will grow back quicker thus choking out any potential weeds... Continuousthis is where a set number of animals graze 1 pasture all year longuseful when you have animals you only want to eat the cream of the crop such as thoroughbreds and dairy cattleAccording to a study done by Penn State, forage utilization and consumption is reduced 30% to 40% in a continuous systemRotationalThis is where you have a pasture sectioned off into multiple paddocksthe time for rotation can be based on the length of time they are on that particular based...

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    When is it Too Late to Seed Cover Crops?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jan 29, 2019 

    If you’re a farmer, at some point you’ll likely experience a late harvest, whether it’s due to Mother Nature or an equipment problem... Leanne Dillard, Forage Agronomist at Auburn University, explains that in the Deep South, the closer you are to the Gulf of Mexico, the lower your probability of a cover crop stand failure because you have a lower chance of getting sub-freezing temperatures... Leanne Dillard recommends growers who are using cover crops for forage get their covers seeded before Christmas... A farmer looking to just having something growing out there for soil health benefits may be able to plant much later than a farmer who wants to produce nitrogen for his next cash crop or needs a lot of growth for forage... “Wheat is always a good versatile forage,” she says...

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    4 Steps to Building Soil Organic Matter in the South

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jul 18, 2018 

    As we learn more about what goes on in the world beneath our feet, increased attention has been placed on soil organic matter. And for good reason. While it only makes up a small percentage of most soils, the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) says it’s the “very foundation for healthy and productive soils” — and the more organic matter there is, the better the results. Consider the following findings from SARE and the NRCS:A study of soils in Michigan demonstrated potential crop-yield increases of about 12% for every 1% organic matter... , identifies 66 different crop species by these classifications, as well as growth cycle, relative water use, plant architecture, seeding depth, forage quality, pollination characteristics and nutrient cycling...

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    How to Time Cover Crop Termination and Get an Effective Burndown

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jul 1, 2019 

    With May 2018 to April 2019 being the wettest 12-month period on record, according to NOAA, many farmers across the nation were forced to delay planting. In fact, for the first time on record, less than half of corn was planted by May 19, says the USDA. Even by June 2, “both corn and soybean planting were proceeding at a record slow pace. ”For those with cover crops, these wet conditions likely affected their termination plans, causing some to debate whether they should terminate before or after planting... “We think they were providing better habitat and forage in the fall for the slugs,” Reed says, adding that this based solely on observation and that they don’t have data to support this yet...

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    Key Factor in Improving Soil Water Infiltration Rates: Living Roots

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jan 22, 2020 

    Many farmers across the U. S. experienced wet weather last growing season. According to NOAA, the 12-month period between July 2018 and June 2019 set the precipitation record in the U... Brassicas like forage radish, rapeseed and turnip...

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    How Yield Champions Use Cover Crops for Growing Higher Bushels

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jun 1, 2018 

    There are many factors that can influence corn yield. In fact, Fred Below, a plant physiologist at the University of Illinois, identified seven of them, which he dubbed the “Seven Wonders of the Corn Yield World. ”The seven wonders, ranked in order of most influence on yield, are:WeatherNitrogenHybridPrevious cropPlant populationTillageGrowth regulatorsWhile Below was referring to the cash crop rotation in the fourth wonder, some farmers are taking it one step further by seeding cover crops... More seeds a blend of tillage radishes and forage turnips between his corn and soybeans, while a mix of oats, Austrian winter peas and clover follows soybeans before corn... Forage turnips are also flown into standing corn in July at a rate of 3 pounds per acre...

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    Utilizing corn wastes: Helping to build a circular economy in the corn industry

    By SHARATH CHANDRAN U.S

    Updated Aug 9, 2020 

    The United States is the largest producer of corn in the world. With production topping 345 million metric tons (2019 statistics from statista. com), corn has remained the backbone of American agriculture for decades. The majority of the crop is solely used for the production of biofuels such as ethanol... They are particularly useful in times of winter when grazing systems are limited and fresh forage is hard to find...

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    Prevented Planting? Cover Crops Offer a Silver Lining

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jul 18, 2019 

    Wet conditions across the country forced many farmers to forgo their plans for the season and take prevented planting payments instead... Why Cover Crop Prevented Plant Acres?“If you have livestock, it’s a total no-brainer,” says Sarah Carlson, Strategic Initiatives Director for Practical Farmers of Iowa, explaining that sorghum-sudangrass or Japanese millet would provide livestock farmers access to a lot of forage for the summer and reduce their feedstock expenses... If you have livestock, growing a cover crop on prevented plant acres will give you summer forage and reduce feed expenses, says Sarah Carlson... She also recommends thinking about what the intended purpose of the cover crop is, whether it’s weed control, nitrogen production, reduced erosion, forage, etc... While Michigan State University Extension recognizes the use of corn and soybeans as agronomically sound cover crops following a prevented planting crop in Michigan, it also recommends reviewing your herbicide program and seed treatments for livestock feed restrictions when considering corn or soybeans as emergency forage, and if you’re using GMO seed, consult your seed contract and seed dealer to ensure it can be used as a cover crop...

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  • 2021 Oregon Seed Crops Report - Cover Crops, Forages, Turf

    By Risa DeMasi

    Published Jun 14 

    As reported by Jerry Hall, GO SeedThe 2021 crop is going to be very interesting as inventory stocks on many turf, forage, and cover crop seed species are at all time lows. There will certainly be a lot of jockeying for position at the cleaning facilities by a lot of companies for a lot of different species. The Oregon seed industry will be working diligently to try to get as much seed out as quickly as possible but there will be issues. Production fields looked rough going into the winter and many fields didn’t look a whole lot better coming out of it. The damage last summer/fall from voles was real and devastating, in some areas, leaving fields lacking in plant population...

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    Grazing Systems: What types are there?

    By Robert Malmstrom

    Published Mar 9, 2020 

    As the forage growth improves it can also help with your stocking rates. It can also force animals to utilize more of the forages that are available to them... When you promote forage growth you also reduce the chance of weeds taking hold. Your forage grasses will grow back quicker thus choking out any potential weeds... Continuousthis is where a set number of animals graze 1 pasture all year longuseful when you have animals you only want to eat the cream of the crop such as thoroughbreds and dairy cattleAccording to a study done by Penn State, forage utilization and consumption is reduced 30% to 40% in a continuous systemRotationalThis is where you have a pasture sectioned off into multiple paddocksthe time for rotation can be based on the length of time they are on that particular based...

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    When is it Too Late to Seed Cover Crops?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jan 29, 2019 

    If you’re a farmer, at some point you’ll likely experience a late harvest, whether it’s due to Mother Nature or an equipment problem... Leanne Dillard, Forage Agronomist at Auburn University, explains that in the Deep South, the closer you are to the Gulf of Mexico, the lower your probability of a cover crop stand failure because you have a lower chance of getting sub-freezing temperatures... Leanne Dillard recommends growers who are using cover crops for forage get their covers seeded before Christmas... A farmer looking to just having something growing out there for soil health benefits may be able to plant much later than a farmer who wants to produce nitrogen for his next cash crop or needs a lot of growth for forage... “Wheat is always a good versatile forage,” she says...

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    4 Steps to Building Soil Organic Matter in the South

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jul 18, 2018 

    As we learn more about what goes on in the world beneath our feet, increased attention has been placed on soil organic matter. And for good reason. While it only makes up a small percentage of most soils, the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) says it’s the “very foundation for healthy and productive soils” — and the more organic matter there is, the better the results. Consider the following findings from SARE and the NRCS:A study of soils in Michigan demonstrated potential crop-yield increases of about 12% for every 1% organic matter... , identifies 66 different crop species by these classifications, as well as growth cycle, relative water use, plant architecture, seeding depth, forage quality, pollination characteristics and nutrient cycling...

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    How to Time Cover Crop Termination and Get an Effective Burndown

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jul 1, 2019 

    With May 2018 to April 2019 being the wettest 12-month period on record, according to NOAA, many farmers across the nation were forced to delay planting. In fact, for the first time on record, less than half of corn was planted by May 19, says the USDA. Even by June 2, “both corn and soybean planting were proceeding at a record slow pace. ”For those with cover crops, these wet conditions likely affected their termination plans, causing some to debate whether they should terminate before or after planting... “We think they were providing better habitat and forage in the fall for the slugs,” Reed says, adding that this based solely on observation and that they don’t have data to support this yet...

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    Key Factor in Improving Soil Water Infiltration Rates: Living Roots

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jan 22, 2020 

    Many farmers across the U. S. experienced wet weather last growing season. According to NOAA, the 12-month period between July 2018 and June 2019 set the precipitation record in the U... Brassicas like forage radish, rapeseed and turnip...

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    How Yield Champions Use Cover Crops for Growing Higher Bushels

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jun 1, 2018 

    There are many factors that can influence corn yield. In fact, Fred Below, a plant physiologist at the University of Illinois, identified seven of them, which he dubbed the “Seven Wonders of the Corn Yield World. ”The seven wonders, ranked in order of most influence on yield, are:WeatherNitrogenHybridPrevious cropPlant populationTillageGrowth regulatorsWhile Below was referring to the cash crop rotation in the fourth wonder, some farmers are taking it one step further by seeding cover crops... More seeds a blend of tillage radishes and forage turnips between his corn and soybeans, while a mix of oats, Austrian winter peas and clover follows soybeans before corn... Forage turnips are also flown into standing corn in July at a rate of 3 pounds per acre...

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    Utilizing corn wastes: Helping to build a circular economy in the corn industry

    By SHARATH CHANDRAN U.S

    Updated Aug 9, 2020 

    The United States is the largest producer of corn in the world. With production topping 345 million metric tons (2019 statistics from statista. com), corn has remained the backbone of American agriculture for decades. The majority of the crop is solely used for the production of biofuels such as ethanol... They are particularly useful in times of winter when grazing systems are limited and fresh forage is hard to find...

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    Prevented Planting? Cover Crops Offer a Silver Lining

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jul 18, 2019 

    Wet conditions across the country forced many farmers to forgo their plans for the season and take prevented planting payments instead... Why Cover Crop Prevented Plant Acres?“If you have livestock, it’s a total no-brainer,” says Sarah Carlson, Strategic Initiatives Director for Practical Farmers of Iowa, explaining that sorghum-sudangrass or Japanese millet would provide livestock farmers access to a lot of forage for the summer and reduce their feedstock expenses... If you have livestock, growing a cover crop on prevented plant acres will give you summer forage and reduce feed expenses, says Sarah Carlson... She also recommends thinking about what the intended purpose of the cover crop is, whether it’s weed control, nitrogen production, reduced erosion, forage, etc... While Michigan State University Extension recognizes the use of corn and soybeans as agronomically sound cover crops following a prevented planting crop in Michigan, it also recommends reviewing your herbicide program and seed treatments for livestock feed restrictions when considering corn or soybeans as emergency forage, and if you’re using GMO seed, consult your seed contract and seed dealer to ensure it can be used as a cover crop...

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  • Posted By Jay Parsons
    Jun 21 

    In a recent publication and podcast from our farm and ranch management team, I discuss using annual forages to manage risk and use of the annual forage insurance program to manage the risk of growing annual forages.

    https://farm.unl.edu/crops/managing-risk-annual-forages/06172021-1100

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    Posted By Iowa Beef Center
    Updated Aug 3 

    https://agfuse.com/infographic/virtual-forage-field-day
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    Posted By Risa DeMasi
    Jun 14 

    https://agfuse.com/article/2021-oregon-seed-crops-report---cover-crops-forages-turf
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    Posted By Steve Hanks
    Nov 17, 2020 

    https://www.agdaily.com/livestock/planning-shortage-forage-winter/
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    Posted By Sam Carter
    Dec 23, 2020 

    https://site.extension.uga.edu/forageteam/2020/12/make-your-forage-new-years-resolutions/
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    Posted By Steve Hanks
    Jul 5 

    https://hayandforage.com/article-3543-Cut-early-to-reduce-winter-feed-costs.html
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    Posted By Steve Hanks
    Jun 25 

    https://hayandforage.com/article-3550-The-great-pasture-clipping-debate.html
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    Posted By Becky Johnson
    Apr 28 

    "One possible approach to increasing late season forages is through the little-used practice of dual-purpose canola. Dual-purpose canola, sometimes referred to as canolage, is the practice of seeding canola for forage and grain production."
    https://smallgrains.wsu.edu/dual-purpose-canola-an-opportunity-for-extending-forage-in-a-dry-year

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    Posted By Sam Carter
    Mar 19 

    https://site.extension.uga.edu/forageteam/2021/03/testing-for-nitrates-in-your-forages/
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    Posted By Technology
    Dec 31, 2020 

    https://www.farmprogress.com/technology/using-robotics-improve-forages-and-soil-management-southeast
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