Iowa Farm Science: Volume 10, Issue 12
Here's a timely report on pest control in hay and pasture crops. Dorage crops harbor more insects than almost any other crop we grow. One of the dangers is that they may build up here and "move out" to other crops.
Though birdsfoot trefoil sets between 200 and 300 pounds of seed per acre in Iowa, harvested yields are commonly only 40 to 60 pounds. Use of chemical desicants followed by direct combining offers a possible solution.
As you may have expected, there's more behind the hog price situation that meets the eye. Production is still high in the face of decreasing demand for pork. And supplies of beef have also had their effect on hog prices.
Coming this summer? Then check the processing times you've been using for fruits and vegetables with the latest recommnedations from USDA home economics researchers. They've "sharpened up" processing times to give better results.