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Leaving hay bales in the field has quite a few hidden costs.

Bales left in the field can be costly

Get those bales off the field as quickly as possible following the final cut

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

Early spring grazing sets the stage for the entire growing season

Here's a few management options for you to consider

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


How rain affects hay quality and yield

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


Green Gold: Hay Day delayed in Eastern Manitoba

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).