We’re always in a battle to interpret data and make the right decisions to push both yields and forage quality. Often this battle isn’t an easy one, nor does it always have a single correct response. However, the one thing that will stand the test of time for sustainable agriculture practices, other than obtaining the data in the first place by soil sampling, will be to focus on soil pH to maximize nutrient and mineral availability to growing plants. We…
We are proud that our alfalfa hay represented rural Kentucky at the annual World Forage Analysis Superbowl during the World Dairy Expo. Our entry was amongst 336 other forage entries, and we excitedly note that our inaugural entry came from our first ever alfalfa production landing amongst the finalist with an overall placement of 12th in the commercial hay category. If you’ve never heard of the World Forage Analysis Superbowl, it is a forage contest that is held annually in…
It is no secret that there are many different preservatives and additives marketed for use in dry hay and some with crossover benefits when applied to haylage/baleage; there are also various modes of action for these different additives. We aim to settle on one specific preservative to use on our alfalfa which will be packaged as dry hay and primarily marketed to the equine industry.
Sometimes the stars align, and other times, perhaps even more often, they do not. Preparing the first fields and completing a fall seeding of alfalfa proved challenging with both time and the weather choosing not to cooperate.
For our area in Kentucky, the ideal seeding time for fall season planted alfalfa is around September 1st – 15th, giving a suitable buffer with an optimal chance of having warm temperatures for germination, emergence, and ultimately crown development.
As the year comes to a close, Elwoh Solutions is working hard to prepare a new farm for high-quality alfalfa hay production. The hay will be ready to harvest during the 2019 season, which will hopefully serve as the beginning of a hay enterprise.
Through many weeks of research and discussions with forage specialists and our local extension agent at the University of Kentucky, it has been decided to move forward with the preparatory steps to establish alfalfa, with the end goal of producing small square bales of alfalfa hay for the equestrian and dairy cattle markets.