Quality Time With Joel

Summer Forage Update – July 16, 2018

by Joel Bagg, Forage Development Specialist & District Sales Manager, Quality Seeds Ltd

June and July weather has been hot and very dry. Rainfall has mostly been received in storm fronts with some areas receiving very little moisture. First- and second-cut forage quality has been excellent, but growth and yields have typically been below average. The weather has been very good for making dry hay and some excellent quality hay has been made. However, with low carryover forage inventories and lower than normal growth and yields so far, there is growing concern about producing enough forage to meet livestock needs

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Forage Update – May 28, 2018

by Joel Bagg, Forage Development Specialist & District Sales Manager, Quality Seeds Ltd

Forage growth is extremely variable across the province. With the cool spring weather, grass growth and maturity was about a week more advanced than the alfalfa, but with the current heat the alfalfa growth and development is rapid. Dairy first-cut haylage is underway and will be in full swing shortly. There is some concern about having adequate inventories of high quality forage. Older, thin, stressed alfalfa fields showing some winter injury and now are yellow with dandelions, indicating reduced yields. Some of these fields were overseeded with

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