USDA Hay Markets – October 22, 2019

Below are examples of grass prices being paid FOB barn/stack (except for those noted as delivered, which is indicated by a “d” in the table below) for selected states at the end of the day on Friday, October 18. Large ranges for a particular grade and state are often indicative of location and/or bale size. Also check the USDA Hay Market Prices for additional locations and more detailed information. ~ e-Hay Weekly


Hay Prices as of October 18, 2019.  Sign up for e-HayWeekly to receive these updates and a range of articles in you email every week.


Publication of the Month: Using Dry Lots to Conserve Pastures (ID-171)

Here are some of the major benefits of using a dry lot:

  • Maintain forage and reduce mud on a larger pasture scale
  • Prevent erosion around fences, gates, and waterers
  • Reduce the need for vegetation maintenance
  • Function as central locations for watering and supplemental feeding for several pastures
  • Provide shade
  • Reduce the need to renovate pastures

Find this and other forage publications on the UK Forage website and click “Publications”.


Kids these days…

I shudder every time I hear the phrase “kids these days…” This sentence often includes words like entitled, sheltered, or lazy. I’m not here to argue with you, (but contact me and I gladly will). Instead, I’m here to tell you what AFGC is doing about it and how you can get involved.

If you were at the 2019 AFGC conference in St. Louis, you were likely approached by a group of students asking you to take a picture with them, possibly doing something strange like playing leap frog in the hotel lobby. I hope you took the picture and I know many of you did. These students were there to compete in The National Forage Bowl Competition; this contest is one way AFGC is investing in the future of agriculture by investing in the next generation. On the surface, this competition is between teams from colleges and universities from across the eastern US. Sure, it’s fun to watch them duke it out for the top prize, but that’s not why we do it. Our mission is to get young people interested in forage agriculture and expose them to the professional opportunities that await them after graduation. Of the 28 undergraduates from 6 schools that participated in 2019, I can’t say all of them will end of being extension agents, specialists, or industry reps.

What I can say is that these students were exposed to these possible careers and many of them likely never considered these types of positions before. Some of these students may go on to be top forage producers, growing the food and fiber for the next generation.  A few will likely try their hand at graduate school after meeting a inspiring professor whom offered them a position after the meeting.  Even those that don’t stay in agriculture at all will have a better understanding of the industry and a better appreciation for those that till (or no-till) the land, to produce the resources we all need. As a young woman who didn’t grow up on a farm and fell into agriculture by accident, I can tell you events like this change the trajectory of lives. I’ve seen it and lived it. My hope is that students who participate in the AFGC National Forage Bowl Competition are still “Kids these days…” Kids that work hard, that care about protecting our resources, that strive to understand the science and not the perception and that choose a path for their lives as rewarding and blessed as so many of us in the fo


At the 2019 competition, students competed in a scavenger hunt aimed to help them network and interact at the conference. Here, the team from Wisconsin River Falls took a selfie with Forage Fanatic Henrietta Baylor.

rage world are fortunate enough to enjoy today.

The AFGC National Forage Bowl Competition (and the goose chase we send them on) is a labor of love for me and the others I have persuaded to help me. If you attend the AFGC conference in January, cheer for the students and talk to them at the conference. And most of all, take the picture with them! ~ Krista Lea, National Forage Bowl Chair, from AFGC Forage Feed


Register now for the Heart of America Grazing Conference

Register now for the Heart of America Grazing Conference

HOAJoin us for the 2019 Heart of America Conference — Kicking the Hay Habit: Optimizing Profitability.  The keynote speaker, Jim Gerrish, is an independent grazing lands consultant providing services to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across five continents. Event includes trade fair and silent auction.

7:30 Registration Opens

8:30 Kicking the Hay Habit – Jim Gerrish, American GrazingLands Services, LLC

9:30 Livestock Genetics for Extended Grazing Systems

Gordon Jones, Red Hill Farms

10:30 How Many Days to Graze? – Greg Halich, UK

11:15 Innovations in Livestock Fencing – Mark Harris / Sarah Adams, Gallagher

1:00 Hay Storage and Feeding: Avoiding Train Wrecks

Jeff Lehmkuhler, UK

1:45 Summer Stockpiling: Thinking Outside of the Box – Chris Teutsch, UK

2:15 Extending Grazing on My Farm – Producer Speaker

2:45 Forage Research Updates: Converting High Quality Forage into Baleage – Jimmy Henning, UK; Applying KY Dairy Forage Research for Beef Producers – Ray Smith, UK

3:15 Practical Considerations for Extended Grazing systems – Jim Gerrish

The event will be held October 29-30 in Burlington, KY at the Boone County Extension Office.  Register here before Oct. 15 for discounted price of $50.