Did Freezing Temperatures Damage Your Alfalfa or Red Clover?

by Margaret Smith, PhD, Forage Agronomist The below-freezing temperatures across Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, and parts of Iowa may have damaged seedling or established alfalfa and red clover stands. Don’t react too quickly, though, to the temperatures reported at your nearby official weather station, as these are recorded five feet above the ground. Several factors […]

May 12, 2020 | Categories: ,

Spring Evaluation of Hybrid Rye Crop [3 VIDEOS]

Spring evaluation of your hybrid rye crop is critical to understand fertilization, yield potential, and replant options. Warming temperatures are triggering green up in the hybrid rye crop, but is your crop worth keeping? And will your crop need additional fertilizer? Hybrid rye is a vast improvement over the open-pollinated rye varieties often grown for […]

April 17, 2020 | Categories: , ,

Not Just Emergency Forages: Sorghum, Sorghum-Sudangrass & Sudangrasses

by Chaunce Stanton, Marketing Manager and Margaret Smith, PhD, Forage Agronomist Winter-killed alfalfa, prolonged drought, or flooding can require the quick establishment of annual grasses (like those in the sorghum family) for emergency forage. They grow quickly during the warm summer months and can produce tons of biomass. But there are other benefits to these […]

February 14, 2020 | Categories:

Seed Options for Prevented Planting 2019

by Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist Prevented Planting Requirements Prevented planting is no one’s top choice, but due to frequent and sometimes heavy rains this spring, but it may be your best option. Guidelines for prevented planting acres are to ‘control weeds’ meaning if weeds aren’t controlled, weed seeds will be ‘the gift that keeps […]

May 29, 2019 | Categories: , ,

How Much Nitrogen Does Your New Pasture Need?

By Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist Should you apply nitrogen when seeding a new pasture? Does it matter if you are seeding only grasses or a grass/legume mix? Establishing a new pasture from former cropland or hay ground is the perfect time to soil test and apply lime, P and K, but save some dollars […]

May 9, 2019 | Categories: ,

Mission Impossible? Growing Quality Oats

By Mac Ehrhardt, President and Co-Owner Matt Leavitt, Organic Lead/Agronomist Oats can help farmers spread their workload across a season and provide a crop for on-farm feed and straw and an off-farm crop for the food ingredient market. Livestock producers can feed oats at a variety of maturity stages and quality levels, but for producers […]

May 6, 2019 | Categories: ,

3 New (and Exciting) Cover Crop and Forage Options

by Bairet Eiter Cover Crops Lead & Organic Farming Support If you’re looking for options for your cover crop rotation or to supplement your forage, check out these three newly added products in the Albert Lea Seed line up. 1. Sainfoin Perennial Forage Legume Sainfoin is a deep rooted, non-bloating perennial legume that can reach […]

February 26, 2019 | Categories: ,

Feeding Forage Following a Freeze: Proceed with Caution!

by Margaret Smith, Forage Agronomist, Albert Lea Seed Fall’s first freeze brings concerns about toxicity in some forages, including three major concerns following freezing temperatures in the fall: 1. Prussic acid Poisoning 2. Nitrate toxicity 3. Bloat Prussic Acid Poisoning Sorghum and some related plants contain compounds that soon after a freeze are converted to […]

October 13, 2018 | Categories: