If you are in a situation where you need to make hay in a transition year, Frosty may be a crop you might consider.Read More
This week a CISCO dealer asked about a customer seeding timothy on sandy soils. The producer wanted the timothy for dry hay for beef cattle.Read More
A nurse crop can be a blessing or a curse when it comes to seeding forages.Read More
When you decide to seed a new pasture or frost seed an existing pasture, consider planting the longer-lived Gallant red clover. It provides you a better return on your investment.Read More
For those of you raising forages in Michigan, there's an opportunity coming up for you on March 7, 2018. The Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference is being held in St. John's, Michigan, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The keynote speaker for this event is Gary Zimmer, the founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Midwestern BioAg, headquartered in Madison, WI. Zimmer is known as the "father of biological agriculture."
For all the details, just click on the link below.
You can register at this address:
Before the cover crop craze began years ago, we used to sell a lot of late summer and fall-planted forages to "extend the grazing season" in order to ease the burden of feeding hay all the while improving farmer profitability. Little did we know that our efforts in this area were also having positive benefits to soil health and subsequent cash crop productivity.
In this recent onpasture.com article, Genevieve Slocum gives several tips and procedures for making these positive benefits happen on your farm.
She covers the following areas:
- closing the nutrient cycle by grazing
- jumpstarting soil organic matter gains
- the myth that grazing automatically increases soil compaction
- grazing covers actually helps improve permanent pastures by giving them rest
- big gains are possible because forage quality can be quite good
- the benefits of plant diversity for overall soil health
If you've thought about planting cover crops, or have livestock that you can graze, give this article a look. You can find it here.
If you'd like to hear first hand how one Indiana farmer utilizes cover crops in his grazing system, follow this link for a February 19 meeting in Brown County. Here's a description from their website:
Josh Cox, a farmer in Tippecanoe County, will discuss how his parents and he have implemented grazing cover crops as a way to improve soil health for their row crops and as a way to rest their permanent pastures. Cox customizes his cover crop mix to provide quality forage for the beef cattle and to reduce compaction and add organic matter to his soils.
Here's a PDF version if you'd like to print out a copy.
It's time to think about frost seeding your pastures and alfalfa stands. Frost seeding clover is an excellent way to improve forage quality and yield.Read More
The most important thing is that small seeds need good seed to soil contact at the proper depth. The good contact allows the seed to absorb moisture, germinate, and establish roots into the soil. Seeding depth is just as important because small seeds need to germinate and start photosynthesis soon after emerging.Read More
In October of 2017 I needed to put in cattle waterer to overwinter 20 bred beef heifers.I purchased a Tru-Test Water Well2 drinker from CISCO. The following videos show the product in action.Read More
Seed treatments are not the same as seed coatings; understanding the distinction is important. An alfalfa seed treatment generally consists of an inoculant with a specific strain of rhizobium bacteria for alfalfa, along with a base fungicide to manage early-season soil diseases.Read More
As we were evaluating our cover crop plots this spring, we spent some time looking at Balansa clover. The specific variety is FIXatioN.Read More
Graze King 90 is a fall planted cereal grain that can be used as a forage in the following spring. Planting dates range from September to late November, depending on your latitude and growing conditions. Cereal rye is very adaptable because of its ability to be planted very late in the fall yet have outstanding winterhardiness.Read More
Silo-Pro was introduced by CISCO in the spring of 2015. What makes Silo-Pro work well in the Midwest is that it only gets 6-7 feet tall. It is very resistant to lodging. It has very wide leaves that canopy over the rows very quickly. This is great weed control.
Silo-Pro can be harvested once as a direct chop in the soft dough stage. It can also be cut in the mid-boot stage, wilted, and chopped. When cut in mid-boot, Silo-Pro will regrow and can be harvested again in the same manner. The advantage of the two-cut system is a higher crude protein (CP) and improved TDN.Read More
For the second year in a row, CISCO Seeds' Valor Winter Barley performed exceptionally well in the Penn State trials.Read More
An area DSM was out scouting fields a few weeks back and found some significant problems with Aphanomyces Race 2. He was in the Dubuque, Iowa area, which is known to be a hot-bed for APH2. There were several areas in the field that were not as tall or vigorous. He realized right away that it was likely an issue with APH2, so he dug up plants to see what was going on beneath the plant (APH2 is a soilborne fungus).Read More
Flooding can cause nitrogen leaching or volatilization (microbe conversion) in the soil. One option to combat unfavorable conditions would be to plant FIXatioN balansa clover, a product from Grassland Oregon. FIXatioN will not only grow in water-logged soils, it is a Bio-Massive™ and hardy cover crop that can, in the right conditions, fix up to 200 pounds of nitrogen per acre. FIXatioN’s roots break up compacted soils, fix nitrogen and prepare the soil for the next year’s crop.Read More
Endure Chicory is noted for its improved persistence in wet soils and fast establishment.Read More
How can we take alfalfa stands to the next level, and truly micromanage the crop to surpass yield and quality goals. We hear about intense, highly-controlled, strategic management in corn, soybean, wheat and other crops – but what about alfalfa?Read More
We underestimated the nitrogen contribution potential of FIXatioN. We have gathered enough data from enough locations to determine nitrogen contribution. Calculations have confirmed -you can expect between 67 and 96 lbs. of N/ton of dry matter with FIXatioN when incorporating the plant material into your soil.Read More