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ISSUE DATE: 09/21/2009

Alfalfa producers add value to hay through drying

Mother Nature has not been kind to hay producers in eastern Nebraska this summer. Cooler than normal temperatures and cloudy days have made drying hay a large challenge.

Proper drying of hay, especially alfalfa, can ensure the feeding value of the hay, which leads to more profits for producers and more benefits for the animals eating the hay.

Good investment

Oakland, Neb., alfalfa producer Ron Keogh decided to take a different approach to drying hay this year.

The purchase of a hay dryer from a farm sale in western Iowa already has proven to be a great investment. The set-up, which originally cost over $200,000, was purchased by Keogh for $12,000.

"We took advantage of someone else's misfortune and were very fortunate to purchase this system at the price we did," he said. "We think it is definitely paying for itself."


NEWS

"Thank a farmer" are magic words
Aerial imagery system helps save water
Agricultural grant and loan applications due Oct. 1
AgriLife Extension agents honor Rio Farms' Dale Murden
Aquaculture grants coming to state fish producers impacted by last year's feed costs
California ranch worker leaves fortune to Farm Bureau
Colorado Farm Bureau to host political candidate workshop
Cool 2009 summer may crack top 10 on record
CSIF launches innovative on-farm environmental program
CSU conducts studies on future of ag
Farewell to Norman Borlaug: World loses its leading hunger fighter
Farm Bureau sets legislative policies for 2010
Farm equipment stolen in four states found in Kansas
Fish-killing toxin could kill cancer cells
Global community mourns loss of Nobel Peace Laureate Norman E. Borlaug
Head Country helps FAPC add value to Oklahoma
Honey bees selected by ARS toss out Varroa mites
Hoop houses extend urban farmers' growing season
IANR Vice Chancellor and NU Vice President Owens to step down in 2010
Iowa banker to receive top ag banking award
ISU students receive Fulbright Scholarships
Kansas growers say activist groups twisting EPA atrazine data to alarm consumers
Kenya's rural drought hurts city dwellers
K-State's Ag Lenders Conference slated in Garden City, Manhattan
Legislators greet crowds at fair
Mathews named program specialist for V.G. Young Institute
Nebraska LEAD announces 2009-2011 Fellows
Obama Administration continues naming state directors for Rural Development
Scientists sequence genome of potato late blight pathogen
Self-employment key to rural Nebraskans' job picture, poll says
State gets $3.4M for crime task force
Survey questions Nebraska farm real estate market developments
Texas A&M agriculture, life sciences college names two department heads
Travel safely with tractors, machinery on public roads
Tyson to pay more than $2mil for Nebraska pollution case
USDA announces timeframe for committee nominations
USDA announces timeframe for nominations to the Advisory Committee for Beginning Farmers and Rancher
UW research center hosts training for those assisting producers with disabilities
UW's renewable resources department has new head
Vilsack announces nearly $5 million to help low-income households access healthy, nutritious food

CROPS

2009 Kansas wheat crop yields important quality traits
Biodiesel's demand for soybean oil worth billions to farmers
CSP applications due Sept. 30
Deadline approaches to apply for new conservation program
Drought conditions turn dire in parts of Texas
Ethanol boosts Nebraska economy
Even without clunker program, car buyers can save with flex fuel tax credit
Grasshoppers problems in emerging winter wheat crop
Harvesting begins slowly for Arkansas soybean crop
KAWG supports national organization's climate change policy
Limestone-Graveyard Creeks Watershed improvement begins
Limited Irrigation Field Day Sept. 22
Nebraska firm makes corn pellets that burn like coal
No mistaking this bug with new insect ID technique
No perfect storm for soybean rust yet
Partnership breaks ground on first stimulus-funded upstream flood control dam
Safe seed: Researchers yielding good results on food cotton in field
Sorghum technical conference brings researchers to Amarillo
Technology offers cash for cobs
USGC: U.S. farmers feeding a growing world

LIVESTOCK

2009 Cow Country Congress to be held Sept. 25 in Walker County
Add value to your cull cows
Feral hog control program set for Sept. 22 in Taylor County
Flying M Ranch participates in National Alpaca Farm Days
H1N1 update: Swine herd still not affected, vaccine expected soon
Honor roll for Gelbvieh females announced
Horse trainer brings west Texas to northern Iowa
Hough named NALF Executive Vice President
Lawmakers team with youth for show
Livestock Publications Council elects new officers, directors
Missouri Livestock Symposium honors Selway as 2009 Livestock Person of the Year
NALF recognizes new members
Rabid horse dies in El Paso County
Senators call for more support to dairy farmers
Stop being nice, animal ag activist says
USDA announces implementation of livestock disaster assistance programs beginning Sept. 14
Volunteers needed for Miles of Smiles

EDITOR

Chicken Little meets her biggest fan
Paying labor's dues

COLUMNS

I'm talking here at home
Just a scoop full
Norman Borlaug: Agriculture's ultimate humanitarian
The yard sale

MARKETS

Above normal temperatures benefit maturing crops
Alfalfa conditions mostly good
Apache livestock sales
Arkansas weekly livestock summary
Clovis cattle sales
Colorado feeder summary
Cool week slows crop maturity
Crops progress during dry, cool week
Dalhart cattle sales
Dodge City livestock sales
Dunlap feeder cattle sales
Faith livestock sales
Favorable weather increases crop maturity
Grain market close
Hay selling mostly steady
Heavy rains delay fall planting
Joplin regional cattle sales
McAlester livestock sales
Moderate demand for quality alfalfa
North Platte feeder cattle sales
OKC West cattle sales
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Salina livestock sales
Seasonable weather returns
Showers sweep central part of state
Significant harvest progress seen
Small grain harvest nearing end
Spring wheat, barley harvests nearly catch up to last year's pace
St. Joseph feeder pigs
State needs moisture
Tulia livestock sales
Tulsa cattle sales
Warm temps push late maturing crops
Warm weather pushes dry bean, millet harvests
Wet field conditions halt some field work
Wheat, corn close day lower
Woodward feeder cattle sales
Wyobraska feeder sales

RANGE

AgriLife Research sets Texas Range Station field day
Alfalfa producers add value to hay through drying
Annual Colorado Hay Directory available now
Center for Grassland Studies schedules fall seminar series
Grazing Management and Stockmanship Workshop set for Sept. 25 in Corsicana

FAMILY

Back to school with beef: Teaching food safety in the kitchen
Borlaug Institute brings gardening to Guatemalan orphanages
Celebrate fall tree planting Sept. 19 to 26
Cooler weather means garden time
Dinner just got easier with Beef For Dinner Mobile
Fighting an uphill battle: Proper plant selection
Flappy Hour in Central Oklahoma
Former FFA member returns to lead organization
Horticulturist: If fall turns friendly for gardening, think Earth-Kind roses
Kelso wills $1.85 million to Texas A&M's wildlife, fisheries sciences
Late-summer weed control helps winter lawns
Meditation for 9-12-09
Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame project achieves major milestone
Parrella to address sustainable production in greenhouses at floriculture series
Readers share helpful hints
Rolling Plains quail field day should offer some insights
Salads to fall for this autumn
Sprawling Thompson has room for everyone
State FFA officer straps on pedometer at Wyoming state fair
Texhoma FFA attends leadership camp
Turf specialist advises homeowners to seed for quality

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