Most dairy farmers do not have the desire or see the need to have a detailed record keeping system to make management decisions about their cropland. This project was as much about the behavior and attitudes of dairy farmers as much as it was about waste management or managing cropland for optimal fertility.
We are just beginning to see interest by researchers to learn more about a cultivar’s palatability and intake potential. Understanding these performance differences between cultivars is of growing importance. In addition to the palatability and intake of the respective grasses, the nutrients derived from the grasses greatly influence milk production.
Summer appears to be in full swing here on the coast. This is the time when many livestock producers spend their time cutting silage and hay and preserving it for use later this fall and winter. For...
Phosphorus is an important plant nutrient for growing dairy forages. Unfortunately, many dairies have more phosphorus excreted and stored in manure than they can use during a crop year. Soils have the ability to store moderate over-applications of phosphorus for future crop production, but continued over-application can lead to losses of phosphorus to surface water.