Send Two-For-One To Hay Business
Register for next week's Western Hay Business
Conference & Expo and take advantage of a buy-one-get-one-free
registration offer. The conference will be held Oct. 24-25 at the Red
Lion Inn, Spokane, WA. It will include marketing tips from some of the
most progressive hay growers in the U.S as well as a hay
industry-specific trade show.
Neal Martin, director of the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in
Madison, WI, will update how research is redesigning alfalfa for dairy
cattle. Martin also plans to talk about how alfalfa may someday play a
bigger role in human nutrition.
The Innovative Hay Grower Panel is expected to be one of the most
popular sessions during the conference. Three of the top hay growers in
the U.S. will share insights and marketing tips that have made their
operations successful. Panel members will include Joe Heese, hay
operations manager for Farm Partners Supply, Harlan, IA; Scott Duffner,
farm manager, Dinsdale Farms, Silver Lake, OR; and Richard Larsen,
owner, Larsen Farms, Dubois, ID.
Another conference speaker, R.L. "Dick" Wittman, Culdesac, ID, says
reducing the cost of producing hay may result in as much or more payback
than increasing the revenue side of the equation. He'll examine ways hay
growers can increase the profitability of their operations during
sessions on Oct. 25.
Other speakers will discuss hay export opportunities, producing hay for
the horse market and organic hay production. Learn more about maximizing
yields and profits from timothy and orchardgrass, too.
Register for $150 for one person and a second person from your operation
gets in free. But to get the special offer, you must call 800-722-5334,
ext. 14690. To learn more about the conference, visit www.hayconference.com.
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Hay Production Trails 2005 Figures
Last week's USDA Crop Production report predicted 2006
alfalfa and alfalfa mixture production to be around 74.5 million tons,
down 2% from last year's number. Yields should average 3.33 tons/acre,
down slightly from what was harvested in 2005. Harvested area is
forecast at 22.4 million acres, slightly above last year's acreage.
Compared with USDA's August forecast, yields are expected to either
remain unchanged or increase across the northern and eastern Corn Belt,
and in several states in the Ohio Valley and Pacific Northwest. Adequate
rainfall and desirable temperatures in August and September resulted in
improved yield expectations.
Production of other hay is forecast at 72.5 million tons, down 3% from
2005 totals. Based on Oct. 1 conditions, yields are expected to average
1.80 tons, down 0.11 ton from last year's figure. Harvested area, at
40.3 million acres, is up 3% from the 2005 number.
Yields increased in several states across the U.S. as conditions
improved following dry weather in late spring and early summer. Growers
in 14 states are expecting higher yields than those reported in the
previous forecast. Hay producers in Washington, Texas, Wisconsin,
Colorado and Pennsylvania are showing the largest increase, up 0.3 ton
from August's number. Meanwhile, a cluster of states in the Ohio Valley
and middle Atlantic Coast region are forecast to decrease from August
predictions. The largest expected yield decline is in Virginia and
Mississippi, both down 0.5 ton.
Control Winter Annuals In Alfalfa Now
Pennycress, mustards and downy brome have become
well-established in alfalfa this fall, says Bruce Anderson, University
of Nebraska extension forage specialist. Treating them now, before they
get more of a stronghold, can help you avoid heavy weed pressure next
spring when wet conditions may limit your window of opportunity for
Check fields now and be prepared to spray them before soils freeze up.
Numerous small mustard rosettes or short grass seedlings of downy brome
can be found in some fields, suggesting heavy weed growth next spring.
If left uncontrolled they could grow rapidly, reduce alfalfa yield, thin
stands and lower forage quality.
Three herbicides that can be used now are Sencor, Sinbar, and Velpar.
All control pennycress, mustards, and downy brome, Anderson says. You
can wait until next spring to treat these weeds, but to avoid injury,
spraying must be done before alfalfa greens up. Usually there are only a
few days in spring when alfalfa is dormant, weeds are actively growing,
and it's not too wet or windy to make an application. Most of the time,
fields don't get sprayed at all or they get sprayed late and alfalfa is
injured, he adds.
Source: University of Nebraska Crop Watch News Service
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Manitoba hay growers struggled with a hot, dry summer
this year, reports Nevin Bachmeier, Kleefeld. "We were able to produce
quality feed, but not quantities," he explains. Bachmeier has been
getting lots of calls from U.S. customers checking on hay supply. "Both
South Dakota and Iowa have had drought, so if the hay from North Dakota
and Wisconsin goes into South Dakota, Iowa and farther south, that
creates a demand for Manitoba hay," he says. Bachmeier, on the board of
directors of the Manitoba Forage Council, sells dairy and horse hay on
his family farm to customers in Manitoba and the U.S.
Jake Heppner, Altona, MB, started the year off with good moisture, but
faced dry conditions in July and August. "The dry conditions were the
hottest topic in our area," he says. "We were behind as much as 65% of
normal precipitation." Recent rains have helped end the production year
on a more positive note. "We got four cuttings this year and we normally
only get three," he notes. "We cut at the end of May and then every
28-30 days. We had very nice quality on our third cutting this year.
That cutting was not as sun-bleached, and the good, green color sells
well." Heppner Farms sells hay and straw to customers in the U.S. and
Canada. He delivers within a 600- to 700-mile radius.
Heppner and Bachmeier traveled to World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI,
earlier this month to staff a booth promoting Manitoba hay.
Email Bachmeier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call Heppner at 204-324-1240. Learn more about the Manitoba Forage
Council online at www.mbforagecouncil.mb.ca/default.aspx.
Midwestern hay sales activity was moderate last week,
according to a weekly report from Ken Barnett, University of
Wisconsin-Extension. Hay prices were steady in Nebraska, with good
overall demand. Temperatures were into the low 20-degree range, which
was expected to curtail tonnage for producers who had not yet started
Iowa hay prices were mixed to $5/ton lower. Demand was moderate to very
good. South Dakota hay prices were mixed to $6.90 lower.
Missouri hay prices were steady, with moderate to good demand and
moderate to light supply. Even though yields of fall grass hay there may
have been less than normal, quality was very good. Supplemental feeding
has begun in many areas of the state as dry conditions persist.
Prime hay of greater than 151 RFV/RFQ averaged $118/ton for small
squares, $121 for large squares and $99 for large round bales. Grade 1
(125-150 RFV/RFQ) large square bales averaged $82/ton and large round
bales averaged $67/ton. Grade 2 (103-124 RFV/RFQ) large square bales
averaged $83/ton; large round bales, $56/ton.
Straw prices in the Midwest averaged $2.23/small square bale. Large
square bales averaged $24.25; round bales, $23.59. Straw prices
increased by 3% from the previous week's total. Large square straw bale
prices were down 8% and large round straw bale prices were up 14%.
Learn more at www.uwex.edu/ces/forage/pubs/hay_market_report.htm.
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Ohio Succession Planning Workshops Set
OSU Extension announces four "Building For the
Successful Transition of Your Agricultural Business" workshops to be
held across Ohio the first part of the new year. Each two-day workshop
is designed to help family businesses develop transition plans. Program
dates and locations are:
Jan. 23-24 -- Carrollton Days Inn, Carrollton. Call Mike Hogan,
Jan. 25 & Feb. 7 -- Northwest State Community College, Archbold.
Call Greg LaBarge, 419-337-9210.
Feb. 26-27 -- Deer Creek Resort & Conference Center, Mt Sterling.
Call Mike Estadt, 740-474-7534.
Feb. 27 & March 6 -- All Occasion Catering, Waldo. Call Steve
All sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration will be
$75 for the first member of a family and $50 for each additional family
member attending. Visit: ohioagmanager.osu.edu/calendar/RME-2006.php.
**Oct. 20-21 -- 5th Annual Pennsylvania Statewide
Project Grass Conference, Williamsport. Featured speakers include
Jim Gerrish and Allen Williams, plus many more. Contact Kris Ribble at
570-784-4401, ext. 111.
**Nov. 14-15 -- 2006 BEEF Magazine's Quality Summit,
Clarion Hotel, Oklahoma City. Learn more and sign up at www.beef-mag.com.
**Nov. 21 -- Kentucky Grazing Conference, Fayette County
Extension Office, Lexington. Learn more at www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage.
**Dec. 11-13 -- Western Alfalfa & Forage Conference, Reno, NV.
Contact Dan Putnam at 530-752-8982 or email@example.com, or Glenn
Shewmaker at 208-736-3608 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Jan. 17-18 -- 2007 Washington State Hay Growers Association Annual
Conference & Trade Show, Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick,
WA. Contact the Washington State Hay Growers Association at 509-585-5460
to learn more.
**Jan. 18-19 -- Southwest Hay Conference, Ruidoso Convention
Center, Ruidoso, NM. Learn more at the New Mexico Hay Association Web
site at www.nmhay.com.
Contact Doug Whitney at email@example.com or call Gina
Sterrett at 505-626-5677.
**Jan. 24-25 -- Heart Of America Grazing Conference, Holiday Inn,
Mount Vernon, IL. Contact Garry Lacefield at 270-365-7541, ext. 202, or
**Feb. 6-7 -- The Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association's
Mid-America Alfalfa Expo, Buffalo County Fairgrounds, Kearney, NE.
Visit www.alfalfaexpo.com or call Barb Kinnan at
**Feb. 27 -- Kentucky Alfalfa Conference, Cave City Convention
Center. Learn more at www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage.
**Feb. 28-March 2 -- National Grassfed Beef Conference,
Grantville, PA. Contact John Comerford at 814-863-3661 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dave Hartman at
570-784-6660, ext. 12, or email@example.com.
**March 13-14 -- 2007 Midwest Hay Business Conference & Expo, KCI
Expo Center, Kansas City, MO. Learn more at hayconference.com/conference/index.htm.
**March 21-22 -- 2007 Central Plains Dairy Expo, Sheraton Inn,
Sioux Falls, SD. Learn more at www.centralplainsdairyexpo.com/
or call Kathy Tonneson at 218-236-8420.
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