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Early signs show good 1st hay crop

An agronomist says while corn and soybean planting remain a top priority, first crop hay is also on their minds. “First crop is defiinitely knocking on the door here. Some people have it made already.”

Bob Berkevich from Pioneer in southeastern Wisconsin tells Brownfield it seems to be a more normal first crop hay as far as tonnage, and he hasn’t heard about the hay quality yet, but farmers have been dealing with more pests this spring. “I know there have been some concerns with alfalfa weevils where some guys decided to harvest a little early because of that. Other folks made an insecticide application to try to get those larve killed off before they did too much feeding and reduce yield.”

Berkevich says some of the farmers he works with have already cut some grass and alfalfa, and will be looking for good weather to wrap up row crop planting and concentrate on hay production.

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