Thursday, June 1, 2017

Visit us at the Sandhills Ranch Expo June 14 & 15

For the week ending May 28, cool and mostly dry conditions prevailed, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average temperatures ranged from three to nine degrees below normal. Some areas of the panhandle and southeast Nebraska received up to an inch of rain; however, much of the State remained dry. This allowed soils to dry out, and producers continued to plant and cut hay.

Alfalfa condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 18 fair, 69 good, and 12 excellent. Alfalfa first cutting was 25 percent, near 28 last year, and behind 30 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 20 fair,  66 good, and 13 excellent.

It’s hard to believe that June is here this week.  Exhibitor contracts for the 2017 Mid-America Forage Expo that will be held at Scottsbluff County Fairgrounds in Mitchell, Nebraska on November 28 & 29 will be sent out in the next couple of weeks and we hope exhibit spaces will fill up quickly.  The speakers program should be finalized and announced on the later this week. 

On June 14th and 15th we will be participating in the Sandhills Ranch Expo being held in Bassett, Nebraska.  Then on June 26 through the 28th we will be attending the National Forage Alliance summer board meeting in Walla Walla, Washington.  This meeting will include an opportunity to see and learn about alfalfa production in the Pacific Northwest along with alfalfa seed production.