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Time to talk hay

Jeff Caldwell 04/26/2012 @ 10:04am Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Spring arrived early this year, and with it, so did the start to the hay and forage growing season. So, how is your alfalfa crop looking so far this spring?

Check out some of the latest alfalfa and hay/forage topics from experts around the U.S. and Canada. See what tips you can glean to get the most out of your hay crop this year!


Salvage swathed hay after rain

If your alfalfa crop's ready for its first cut ahead of the normal time this spring, but conditions aren't perfect, there are a few ways to prevent any problems caused by haying during cool, wet conditions.

 

Has your alfalfa been nipped?

The alfalfa crop in much of the Midwest has gotten a boost from the early start to spring. But, temperatures have dipped in the last month, leaving some fields susceptible to frost and freeze damage.

 

Bale your own or hire out?

Can you get a better deal baling your own hay or having a custom baler do the work for you? It all depends on what it takes to raise your crop versus what you pay for custom haying or buying hay from another producer.


 

ID a blue ribbon bale of hay

With hay prices rising across the country, the ability to judge hay quality is an increasingly critical skill -- both for buyers and producers.

 

Reach a fair pasture rent deal

If you're on either side of a pasture rental agreement, there may be factors you're overlooking that could become part of negotiating a price.

 

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