How does one set a price to buy a standing forage crop still growing in the field? Specialists of Ohio State University Extension have prepared a factsheet and Excel spreadsheet to help you arrive at an answer to this challenging question.
Fall cutting of alfalfa comes down to balancing the need or value of the forage versus risk to the stand health and winter survival. In this article we discuss the trade-offs and risk factors to consider when cutting alfalfa in the fall.
Alfalfa development over the past week has continued at a a rapid pace and caused an increase in neutral detergent fiber (NDF) values. It is time to harvest high quality alfalfa in southern and western Ohio!
Estimating fiber content before harvest can be valuable to producers for making harvest timing and storage decisions. A simple method can be used to estimate the fiber content of alfalfa standing in the field to guide harvest timing decisions.
It is time to take the first cutting of forages, but heavy rains across Ohio have left many forage fields saturated. It is very important to wait patiently for soils to dry enough to support equipment before trying to make hay on those fields. Wheel compaction on wet soils causes permanent damage and long-term headaches.