Alfalfa Traits: Manage by Objective

Chuck Zimmerman

To optimize alfalfa performance, one-size-fits-all is no longer in style. Today’s grower can tailor variety selection to manage specific production challenges, observes Dave Miller, Alfalfa Research Director for Pioneer Hi-Bred. The result can be a better fit with bottom-line goals. This includes production objectives based on quantity or quality, as well as defensive objectives for insects, disease and standability. Dave …

Audio, Feed, Forage Forum, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Podcast

DFA Chairman of the Board

Chuck Zimmerman

Dairy Farmers of America held its annual meeting in Kansas City this week with about 1,000 members in attendance. The theme of the meeting this year was “Members: Our Foundation, Our Focus” and the group had a chance to hear from entertaining futurist Dr. Lowell Catlett and US Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns. In an interview, DFA Chairman of the …

Audio, Dairy Group, Feed, General

Alfalfa Genetics: Winning Percentages

Chuck Zimmerman

Among seed genetics, alfalfa is a non-conformist. Due to biological limitations, achieving the genetic uniformity that occurs in corn, soybeans, wheat, etc. is not possible. Within each alfalfa variety, there is a range of performance for critical agronomic categories. As explained by Dave Miller, Alfalfa Research Director for Pioneer Hi-Bred, this is why ratings for disease and insect resistance, fall …

Audio, Feed, Forage Forum, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Podcast

U. S. Dairy Export Record

Chuck Zimmerman

Yesterday there was some good news in the area of dairy exports according to the U. S. Dairy Export Council. Here’s a report that summarizes the 2006 dairy export results. U.S. dairy exports set a record in 2006 – for the third straight year and are now worth nearly 1-point-9 billion dollars. This report includes comments from U.S. Dairy Export …

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Dairy Industry Testimony on Feed Costs

Chuck Zimmerman

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry held a hearing this week to review the impact of higher feed costs on the livestock industry, specifically as a result of increased demand for ethanol from corn. One of the witnesses was Rob Wonderlich, a producer from Ollie, Iowa who testified on behalf of Dairy Farmers of America. Wonderlich testified …

Audio, Dairy Group, Feed, General, Government

Evaluate Alfalfa Winterkill for Go/No-Go Decision

Chuck Zimmerman

Early to mid-April, when alfalfa begins to green up, is the time to assess the degree of damage from winterkill. Dan Wiersma, account manager for Pioneer Hi-Bred, offers tips on what to look for, both above and below ground, to evaluate alfalfa stands just ahead of the upcoming growing season. Dan also discusses options to consider if those stands are …

Audio, Forage Forum, Pioneer Hi-Bred

WeatherMaster Technology From ADM Alliance Nutrition

Chuck Zimmerman

While I was attending the recent Cattle Industry Convention I met Brad Dalke, business manager, ADM Alliance Nutrition. He was there to discuss their new WeatherMaster technology. This technology, which ensures minerals will not leach out or break down in rainy or harsh weather conditions, is produced with naturally sourced ingredients and does not contain petroleum-based ingredients. “The NCBA show …

Agribusiness, Audio

Detachment From WestphaliaSurge at NFMS

Chuck Zimmerman

I’m attending the National Farm Machinery Show and doing most of my posting onto AgWired. I was surprised to learn how many dairy farmers visit here in Louisville, KY. This afternoon I visited the WestphaliaSurge booth and talked with Jerry Quellhorst. They’ve got a large exhibit here and he says he spoke with dairymen from states all over the country …

Agribusiness, Audio, Farm Show