Legumes

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: , Read More >>

Farmers Heeding the Call for Increased Field Pea Demand

by Chaunce Stanton, Marketing Manager Dry peas, also known as field peas, are marketed for both human consumption and for animal feed. With upticks in the pet food market and in human health-oriented products such as nutrition bars and protein shakes, some of which include pea protein, greater demand for peas is resulting in more […]

February 6, 2020 | Categories: , Read More >>

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: , Read More >>

Should You Inoculate Your Legumes?

Farmers have known for millennia that beans and other food legumes provided a benefit when grown with grain species or when grains or vegetables followed beans in rotation. It wasn’t until Rhizobia bacteria was isolated and identified in 1889, that we knew what caused that legume ‘advantage’. Do Legumes Really Fix Nitrogen? Most of the […]

February 19, 2019 | Categories: Read More >>