Blog Posts

  • Hay bales in a field

    What’s the best time of day to make hay?

    Joy Beam, King’s AgriSeeds

    The best time of day to cut hay is a balancing act between maximizing the nutritional quality and store-ability of the bales. During the day, the plant undergoes the process of photosynthesis, or production of carbohydrates- what we know better as ‘sugars’. However, these sugars are produced at a rate faster than the rate at which they are used,…

  • Mixture of grass and clover

    How do I know when to graze a mix?

    Tim Fritz, King’s AgriSeeds

    Mixtures bring yield stability to a forage field as each species and variety has its own strengths and weaknesses.  These factors include: soil adaption, climate adaptation, disease resistance, harvest timing, yield distribution over the seasons, nutrient needs and contributions to soil health, and of course nutrition and fiber for the livestock…

  • Two tractors in a field

    Chemical-free No-till: A Realistic Goal?

    Anonymous

    Many people envision their farm becoming a chemical-free or reduced chemical no-till system, but can’t quite figure out what that looks like, including weed suppression, controlling the previous crop, and getting all the inputs in the field.  Spoiler alert – there is no easy answer about how to put continuous no-till without chemicals into…

  • Cool Season Perennial Grass

    Cool Season Perennial Grass Selection for the Southeast

    Paige Smart, Southeast AgriSeeds

    Adaptation to climate and soil type are not the only considerations when it comes to selecting a cool-season perennial. Farm constraints, management style, and long term goals should all be part of the decision. Take a minute to evaluate where your forage system is now and where you want it to be. From there, you can work towards selecting the…