Ag and Extension Briefs

I-29 Moo University 2018 Winter Workshop Series

Learn how to incorporate cover crops and new forage genetic lines into the forage production system for dairies at the upcoming I-29 Extension dairy meeting. The Minnesota workshop will be Jan. 10, 2018, in Pipestone at the Pipestone Veterinary Services (1801 Forman Drive, Pipestone, MN 56164)

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the program running from 10 a.m.-3:30 pm.

Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension forage specialist, will discuss how new genetics in corn silage, sorghums, and different cover crops influence soil health and yields. Sarah Berg, South Dakota State Extension agronomist will talk incorporating cover crops into your forage production systems and Jim Paulson, Fieldstone Consulting, will follow up with how cover crops can best be incorporated into dairy rations to maximize performance and profit. Keith Bolsen, Kansas State University, will discuss silage pile and bunker safety considerations. Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota Extension, and Tracey Erickson, South Dakota State University Extension, will present information on understanding feeding inefficiencies as you deliver diets to your cows.

Registration (until Dec. 29) is $50 per person and $25 for students. Late registration is $65 and $30 for students. Register at For more information contact Jim Salfer or (320) 203-6093.

Online drought aid map being deactivated at end of month

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An interactive map set up in early summer to help drought-impacted North Dakota farmers and ranchers find hay for their livestock had participation from 33 states and has been viewed 11,000 times.

North Dakota’s Agriculture Department at the end of the month is deactivating the Drought Hotline map, which Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said proved to be “an invaluable asset” during the peak of the drought.

“The nice thing about the interactive map was that it gave producers the ability to click any listing and directly contact people in regards to their needs,” he said.

More than 400 people from across the U.S. listed hay to sell or donate, with an additional 85 listing available hay land, pasture, feedlots or Conservation Reserve Program acres. An additional 37 offered hay-hauling services.

Much of central and western North Dakota was mired in severe, extreme and even exceptional drought during the growing season. The map lists 24 North Dakota counties as having producers in need of hay.

Conditions have improved, with the U.S. Drought Monitor listing only about 5 percent of the state as being in severe drought, with no areas now in extreme or exceptional drought. However, much of central and western North Dakota is still listed in moderate drought, and most of eastern North Dakota is abnormally dry.