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ISSUE DATE: 09/20/2010

Proper hay storage saves money, nutrients

By Jennifer Bremer

Most livestock producers will make hay all summer to feed it all winter, and being so dependent on hay for winter feed means proper storage is important as well.

Hay is the most common winter feed option, and while it is less risky than the other available options and requires the least amount of planning, it can also be the most expensive, according to Oklahoma State University Extension forage and pasture management specialist Darren Redfearn.

"During a four-month hay feeding season, a 1,200-pound cow will consume approximately 30 pounds of hay each day. This means that each cow will require between three and four round bales weighing at least 1,100 pounds," he said. "Therefore, proper storage is important to be sure the cows are getting the nutrients they need from the hay."


NEWS

Challenges, opportunities lie ahead for biomass energy production
Common sense
Counties declared agriculture disaster areas
Exodus of rural youth puts communities in jeopardy
Farm and agribusiness PACs increase congressional giving
Farm Safety and Health Week targets ATV safety
Finalists named for dean, director
Growing opportunities for U.S. barley in Japan
KFAC recognizes ag advocate challenge donors
K-State Ag Lenders Conferences set for Garden City, Manhattan
K-State hosts ag events
K-State meat scientist offers food safety tips for consumers
Learn about ag trends at AFA Alliance Forum
Mid-year FAPRI baseline shows brighter farm economy unfolding
Neb. meatpackers face trials over worker pay
New tariffs imposed on peanuts, cheese
Outhouse lore
Senators question USDA objectivity
September is Food Safety Education Month
State Fair Farm Family represents Greene County
Stripes convenience stores support Texas 4-H
Study suggests growing number of ag-related jobs
Symposium to promote accuracy in ag media coverage
Texas Wildlife Short Course deemed a success
USDA signs research agreement with Israel ag ministry

CROPS

Checkoff tool helps farmers improve soybean quality
Combines and cooler conditions
Conservation Legacy Awards entry forms due Sept. 30
Corn conditions rated from poor to excellent
Corn lines resist fungal toxins
Corn, sorghum silage cutting advancing
Corn, soybean yield forecasts down from last year
Cover crop field day to be held in Le Sueur County
Establish a good stand with these wheat seeding tips
Farmer's first attempt at corn gets good results
Grain Science and Industry celebrates centennial
Helping corn-based plastics take more heat
Kansas Farm Bureau objects to Iowa group's vote
KSU prof, Extension specialist gets national honor
Late-planted soybeans vulnerable to podworms
Live wheat field to grow at National Mall
Long-term strategic planning under way at ASA
Missouri corn yields decline, but rice yields set record
Much needed rains sweep across state
NDA facilitates cost-share funding for organic producers
Neb. soybean production forecast at record high
Nebraska Corn Board recognized by ethanol program
NMSU jujube fruit workshop at Alcalde is Sept. 23
Noxious weed found in Missouri River
Oct. 7 Forestry Field Day highlights Iowa Tree Farmer
Pecan drop
Producers welcomed rainfall
Regional Extension Council to meet Sept. 28 in Mt. Vernon
Scientists test corn genes with MAGIC
Some freezing temps impact immature crops in western part of state
String beans have a lot of kissing cousins
Tapping into corn's tropical diversity
Texas upland cotton production extimated at 8.8 million bales
UNL Fall Seed Guide is now available
USDA announces next steps on sugar beets
Wet weather continues
Wheat planting begins in some areas
Winter wheat seeding progressing

LIVESTOCK

Alpaca field day set Sept. 25 and 26
Angus champions named at 2010 Nebraska State Fair
Aquaculture/Fisheries Field Day set for Oct. 7 at UAPB
Beef Quality Assurance Program
Better with age
Bison marketers work to address challenges of booming demand
Blocking E. coli bacteria before they move in
Bull soundness clinics set across Missouri
Cattle producers urged to watch for anaplasmosis
Cattle truck overturns near Helena
Cattlemen's boot camp planned
Corn has benefits as part of livestock diet
Dairy Industry Short Course scheduled Oct. 12 to 14 in Amarillo
DCHA releases Gold Standards
Deadline for nominations for the annual American Sheep Industry Association awards is Nov. 19
Demand grows for small egg operators
Education focus of Hereford Annual Meeting
Field day will focus on better breeding of high-quality beef
Flint Hills Beef Fest awards presented
Grazing school set for Sept. 21 to 22 at Batesville station
Ground beef outbreak puts focus on meat oversight
Gulf Coast tick infests Arkansas livestock
Hereford demand continues to grow
July beef, port exports ahead of 2009 pace
LMA holds first qualifying contest for 2011 WLAC
MU grazing-dairy herd now bred with timed AI
N.M. man pleads guilty in cattle rustling case
Okla. man accused of stealing cattle
OSU kicks off endowed professorship honoring Temple Grandin
Pasture/Grazing Management Field Day set for Oct. 2
Problem grizzlies captured in Wyoming
Proper hay storage saves money, nutrients
Protect hay and crops from wildlife damage
Quail field day set for Oct. 1 in Roby
Ranch Management University offered for rookie land, cattle owners
Red Angus Junior Round-Up blazed a trail through Oregon
S.D. livestock brand book now online
Scientists create the first genomic map of the domesticated turkey
Seminar will cover mobile slaughter units
Strengthening communities through agrosecurity planning
Students compete to join Beef Ambassador team
Swine researchers seek answers to fiber's low digestibility
Test-tube calf embryos more likely to survive Texas summers
Texas egg industry important to state agriculture
Tracking pork's carbon footprint
U.S. pork back ribs featured
UNL Extension offers Mid-Plains BEEF Practicum
USGC escorts world's largest dairy operator, helps foster sales

EDITOR

Beefing up the Boomer's muscle bank
Gubernatorial debate livens up Kansas State Fair stage
Special tour features fence building basics
The more things change, the more they stay the same

COLUMNS

Beef, the new fabric of our lives
Expanding grain exports: Dead in the water
I say enough already
Just a scoop full
Wearing raw meat as clothing

MARKETS

Amarillo livestock sales report
Apache livestock auction report
Corn continues to rally
Dodge City cattle sales report
Ericson livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Hay trade slow in some areas, others picking up
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin livestock auction report
Kansas hay trade slow
Lexington livestock market report
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Presho livestock sales report
Salina cattle sales report
South Central Direct sheep sales
Springfield livestock market report
Superior video auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Woodward livestock market report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

The farm bill cycle begins again

FAMILY

Asparagus, rhubarb plants still at work
Careless mowing, trimming can cause tree death
Eye-appealing Louise a charmer
Helpful household tips
Horses (and folks)
Meditation for 9-20-10
Pecan Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Plant trees in the fall
Supercharged soups
SW Missouri 4-H alumni reunion

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