Arizona farmer Kevin Rogers spent the busy morning taking care of pigs with his young adult children.
By early afternoon, he donned a blue sports coat, pink shirt, green tie, and a Stetson cowboy hat for an interview to share his dream to become the next president of the nation’s largest farm organization – the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF)....More
A University of California, Davis-produced YouTube video on alfalfa integrated pest management was judged a finalist in competition at the 2015 national Entomological Society of America annual meeting held in Minneapolis, Minn. in November.
The alfalfa IPM YouTube video is titled the “Identification of parasitized alfalfa caterpillars and armyworms,” which shows how to monitor alfalfa insect pests and natural enemies to help make informed management decisions on pest control in alfalfa production....More
Farm organizations and other agribusiness-related groups were praising the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today for refusing to require labeling of foods made with ingredients from genetically modified crops....More
The National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) has released its 2016 edition of the popular “Alfalfa Variety Ratings - Winter Survival, Fall Dormancy & Pest Resistant Ratings for Alfalfa Varieties” publication.
It features 178 alfalfa varieties from 22 marketers, verified with the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies and the National Alfalfa Variety Review Board....More
Tempted to ‘sheep off' or graze your fall alfalfa growth after a drought year? You’d better be careful!
Many fields of alfalfa have ‘dried down’ this year, but most will start growing this fall when the rains return.
Farmers and grazers are often tempted to graze those fields in the fall-winter period when green growth reappears from October through February....More
The Rayner family farms year round near Phoenix in the Arizona desert, double cropping 4,500 acres of alfalfa, cotton, wheat, and forage sorghum.
The family embraces new technology across the farm to maximize the farm’s productivity and efficiency. Yet there’s always room for improvement.
“With all of our yield gains in our crops, alfalfa is the one that has been lagging yield wise,” said Ron Rayner, who along with his brothers Robert and Earl are partners in ‘A-Tumbling-T-Ranches’ based in Goodyear....More
A feed beet field day demonstration was held at De Groot Dairies in late August.
The demonstration showed how De Groot Dairies is producing high yields of feed beets then storing them for use in cattle rations.
The dairy feeds about 20 pounds of feed beets per cow per day in its mixed ration.
A leading authority on growing alfalfa in California sang much the same tune at this year’s alfalfa and forage field day in Parlier, Calif., but he tweaked the lyrics this time since in his words, “It’s a down year for alfalfa.”
Acreage is down and so are prices for lower or medium quality hay, said Dan Putnam, alfalfa and forage specialist with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis)....More
Usable water – there’s seemingly not enough for life around the globe despite the many conservation efforts underway to save it.
Four consecutive years of epic drought in California continues to take its toll on available water supplies for users including the food and fiber industries. A ‘down under’ drought in Australia has stretched for nearly two consecutive decades with no immediate relief in sight....More
In late July, University of Arizona (UA) agricultural meteorologist Paul Brown remained bullish about above average precipitation chances this winter in the Grand Canyon State if the current El Niño weather system in the southern tropics continues to strengthen.
Brown is quick to note that a lot can change between now and then. He shared the optimistic weather forecast with alfalfa growers gathered for an UA-sponsored ‘Alfalfa Tent Talk’ held in Buckeye, Ariz....More