Tag: Glenn Friesen

5 Steps to High Quality Hay

Perhaps I should preface this list with a caveat — the best way to make perfect hay is to ensure it doesn’t get rained on. And now that we’ve all stopped belly-laughing we can get down to the business of making hay in a more realistic setting. I’ve listened to Dr. Dan Undersander, from the… Read more »

Optimal Fertilizer Application Timing for Hay Fields

Whether you’re using commercial blends or manure, shortly after first cut is a great time to fertilize forage fields. But, wait, aren’t perennial crops low-input? Top notch hay producers will tell you that fertility is paramount to getting top production out of a hay corp and to ensure maximum persistence of that stand. In this… Read more »

Establishing Alfalfa — The Pros and Cons of a Nurse Crop

The seeding pass is the most important one you make on your fields. This is true for annual crops, but perhaps even more so for perennial crops as these fields may need to produce for four, five or several more years. What’s more, forages can be quite tricky to establish, as the seeds are typically… Read more »

How to Evaluate Alfalfa Stands for Winterkill

There are few things I love more than the smell of fresh cut hay. The joy of that smell for some comes from the incredible value a high-producing alfalfa field creates. But while alfalfa stands can produce for several years, each winter takes its toll on the crop, and a careful evaluation of production potential… Read more »