Wednesday, March 25, 2015

N.A.M.A. SHOP TALK 4/2/15 3:00 PM

The U.S. Drought Monitor officially shows most of South Dakota, some of North Dakota and Wisconsin as abnormally dry and about 90% of Minnesota is listed as a moderate drought.  These areas are typically good markets for dairy quality hay coming out of Nebraska.  With the current conditions, things could be aligning to be a strong market for us this year.  The biggest problem though, is that the Drought Monitor shows two-thirds of Nebraska as abnormally dry.  We need moisture!!


In addition to dry conditions, alfalfa producers are reporting some winter kill in northeastern Nebraska and army worms have been seen across the State.


There will be a Board meeting in Kearney on April 1st at the Ramada Inn beginning at 2 pm.  Board meetings are open to all N.A.M.A. members and you are always encouraged to attend.


We would like to invite all forage producers to N.A.M.A.’s first Shop Talk.  This is a program aimed at networking and sharing information pertaining to forages, in an informal setting.  This Shop Talk will be April 2nd in Wilsonville, Nebraska at SR Farms.  Brother’s Scott and Steve Rice will be hosting.  Cargill, Klein’s Motor & Electric and Kearney Equipment will be sponsoring.  Please join us beginning at 3:00 pm.  Food and beverages will be provided.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Good Trip to Washington DC

For the month of February 2015, temperatures averaged below normal across the eastern two-thirds of the State, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Snow cover was light as the month came to a close, allowing livestock continued access to stalk fields.  Calving was underway with producers taking additional care to protect the newborn from the cold. Crop producers were focused on bookwork and preparations for spring field work. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 30 short, 66 adequate, and 0 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percent very short, 26 short, 65 adequate, and 1 surplus.  Hay and roughage supplies rated 0 percent very short, 6 short, 92 adequate, and 2 surplus.


Last week’s trip to Washington DC with the National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance was a good trip.   Our primary message was in research dollars and getting the support of the Agricultural Research Service or ARS.  Corn has 109.9 research scientists, cotton 104.2 and wheat has 95.  Alfalfa is the nation’s 4th most valuable crop and all hay ranks 3rd.  Alfalfa has 9.9 scientists and 4 of those positions remain unfilled due to retirements.  Our message to our congressional representatives was that considering the value of our crop, we need to at least have our allotted number of scientists working on our research so that we can remain competitive as a crop.


Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4th the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association will be holding a board meeting beginning at 10:00 am at Ward Laboratories in Kearney.  The Board is contemplating making some big changes to the Association that may include a complete reorganization.  Board meetings are open to all N.A.M.A. members and you are always encouraged to attend.