Grass and Hay Quality and Intake Analysis on Dry Matter Basis
Keep in mind, early season grasses have very high moisture percent, thus diluting out the nutrient value of the forage. This requires greater tonnage intake to meet nutritional needs, however gut capacity is limited in terms of pounds. Therefore, to ensure we meet the nutrient requirements of cattle, maintain body condition, and be confident in our cow’s return to estrus and conception, you may need to consider a supplement for your cow herd.
The weekend will feature showers, rain and thunderstorms in the Canadian Prairies, the north and east-central Plains, the western Midwest and some of the central Midwest. » More DTN Weather Commentary
Posted at 12:13PM Fri May 24, 2013 CDT
Update on Black Cutworm Projected Cutting Dates for Illinois
by Michael Gray
Black cutworm moths continue their northward migration into Illinois and other areas of the Corn Belt. Kelly Estes, Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey Coordinator for the state, shared with me projected cutting dates for the following counties: Fayette – May 27, Pike – May 22, Edgar – May 28, Piatt – May 21, Logan – May 22, Menard – May 22, and Warren – June 6. As corn begins to emerge, producers are encouraged to look for early signs of leaf feeding. Seedling corn plants in the 1 to 4 leaf stage of development are most susceptible to cutting. Fields at most risk include those with significant infestations of winter annual weeds. With the delays in planting this season, many producers will be in a catch-up mode and may neglect to scout fields with corn plants that are beginning to emerge. Don’t make this mistake. It could be costly this season with the weedy fields and heavy moth flights in some areas. Scouting and treatment decisions for this insect pest need to be made on a field by field basis. Agronamic-Alert click here
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