In late summer, we see many bales scattered among recently harvested fields across the province. While hay bales may make the countryside more scenic, there is a cost to leaving hay on the field longer than necessary. And while it’s convenient to leave bales in the field after the final cut of the year, delaying
Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association – Even though winter feed stores may still be adequate the urge to get cows to grass is escalating. Turning cows out on immature forages too early can have consequences, with the biggest challenge being to avoid permanent damage by overgrazing. If forages are overgrazed early, permanent damage of the stand
What causes weather-related losses in hay quality? Rained-on hay can lose quality due to: Leaching of soluble carbohydrates, proteins and certain minerals as rainwater falls on and moves through the cut forage. Increased and prolonged plant respiration due to the rewetting of hay above 30-40 per cent moisture. This leads to losses in yield, soluble
From Monday, June 3 to Thursday, June 6 we saw the alfalfa grow about two inches. Fields in the central area that are part of the Green Gold program are in the late vegetative stage and the RFV have started to decrease. Both the Arborg and Baldur site are close to Hay Day as the
From Thursday to Monday (June 3) we have seen the alfalfa grow about 2” and the RFV has only dropped five points. Looking at the MARFI weather information we can see that over the weekend the cool temperatures and frost have accounted for only 15 GDD to accumulate (normal’s should be in the 40-50 range).
Alfalfa growers whose stands are hit by frost — as growers saw in southeastern Manitoba this past Sunday and Monday mornings — will need to assess and get ready to mow if need be. The growth of each alfalfa stem takes place at the tip — and a late spring frost may destroy the growing