In this Issue:
  • Three Florida Farms Recognized through the SE Hay Contest
  • Friday Feature: Baler-Wrapper Combo for Baleage
  • Proper Hay Storage Can Save You Money
  • Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest
  • Friday Feature: Southeast Hay Contest Video
  • Tritcale is Gaining Popularity with Dairy and Beef Cattle Producers
  • The Rap on Bale Wrap
  • Two Panhandle Farms Recognized through the 2015 Southeast Hay Contest
  • Jackson Cattlemen’s Tour Highlights
  • Understanding Your Forage Test Report
  • Baleage

    Three Florida Farms Recognized through the SE Hay Contest

    The winners of the 2017 Southeast Hay Contest were recognized on Tuesday, October 17 at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia.  Seldom Rest Farm, Pulaski, TN was the overall winner with their entry of extremely high quality alfalfa hay with a relative forage quality (RFQ) score was 269.  Three Florida farms were also …

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    Friday Feature: Baler-Wrapper Combo for Baleage

    At the Sunbelt Ag Expo, I had the opportunity to visit with numerous local farmers who stopped by the UF/IFAS Extension barn.   I enjoyed asking them, “What was the coolest thing you saw today?”  Several Florida farmers shared with excitement that they had seen a demonstration of McHale forage equipment that can …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/27/friday-feature-baler-wrapper-combo-for-baleage/

    Proper Hay Storage Can Save You Money

    Evan Anderson, Walton County Agriculture Agent

    If you grow or purchase hay to feed livestock, you probably know that not all hay is created equal. There are a number of factors that contribute to the quality of the bale you end up with. If you’re relying on hay to provide your …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/06/proper-hay-storage-can-save-you-money/

    Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest

    Massey Ferguson and Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Extension Specialist have teamed up to produce a video series called “A Cut Above the Rest” with tips on how to harvest high quality hay.  In the first video Dr. Hancock explains RFQ (Relative Forage Quality) scores being used to evaluate the quality of hay …

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    Friday Feature: Southeast Hay Contest Video

    The Southeast Hay Contest was started 14 years ago to showcase the excellent quality hay that is produced in the South.  If you take pride in producing high quality hay, this is an opportunity to see how the best hay you produce compares to other farms in the region.  This week’s featured video was …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/08/friday-feature-southeast-hay-contest-video/

    Tritcale is Gaining Popularity with Dairy and Beef Cattle Producers

    Ann Blount, Cheryl Mackowiak, Nick DiLorenzo and Jose Dubeux, UF/IFAS NFREC Marianna

    Triticale is a winter forage that is gaining in popularity in the Southeast. The name might sound unfamiliar (pronounced trit-i-kay-lee), but it has become increasingly sought after in recent years.  Dairy farmers in the Southeast have had success using triticale for silage production. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/19/tritcale-is-gaining-popularity-with-dairy-and-beef-cattle-producers/

    The Rap on Bale Wrap

    Round hay balers have made large strides in packaging the bale since their introduction. First, there was sisal twine. Rats chewed through it, or it rotted from soil contact. Plastic twine replaced sisal. Those problems were addressed, but single strand wraps still allowed less consistent bale shapes. Single strand wraps were replaced by plastic “Net …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/01/15/the-rap-on-bale-wrap/

    Two Panhandle Farms Recognized through the 2015 Southeast Hay Contest

    The Southeastern Hay Contest winners were announced this week.  There were 375 total entries in the contest this year (185 in 2014).  Hay and baleage samples were ranked based on their Relative Forage Quality score (RFQ).  The contest was divided into seven categorizes:  warm season perennial grass hay (bermudagrass, bahiagrass),alfalfa hay, perennial peanut hay, perennial …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/10/23/two-panhandle-farms-recognized-through-the-2015-southeast-hay-contest/

    Jackson Cattlemen’s Tour Highlights

    The Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association hosted their annual tour on August 13, 2015.  This year’s tour went to two farms and the local research station.  More than 80 people attended the tour this year.  MWI Veterinary Supply, Southern States and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida sponsored the event and covered the expenses of lunch and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/08/21/jackson-cattlemens-tour-highlights/

    Understanding Your Forage Test Report

    Just as soil testing can provide vital information on how to fertilize crops, forage testing can provide vital information on how to supplement hay fed to livestock.  Feed and fertilizer are simply too valuable these days to simply guess, or just use the same amount use last year.  Weather, fertility, growing and harvest conditions, forage …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/10/24/understanding-your-forage-test-report/

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