Forage Quality Data

The use of PEAQ allows for a larger number of fields to be sampled, so there should be a field relatively close to your locale that you can use as an indicator.  By using PEAQ, I am able to collect data from a large number of fields, so I should have data within shouting distance of you, wherever you are located.  If you’re interested in having one of your fields on the rotation, let me know.  The message each time will give the place and the average RFV (Relative Forage Value) for each individual site.

June 1st – Alfalfa First-Crop Forage Quality Data

*Next week will be northern sites only*

Site

Abrams

Sampson

Oconto Falls

Little River

Maple Valley

Spruce

Grover

Coleman

Beaver

Middle Inlet

Wausaukee

RFQ Average

147

144

145

149

172

135

141

156

177

171

161

Tallest Stem

40

40

37

43

32 Drought affected

43

40

37

33 Drought affected

30

35


Saw about half a dozen stems with flowers on them in total.

Impressive tonnage now, and quality is still holding pretty well as we haven’t had much leaf disease.  Saw some weevil pressure in about a third of the fields, combined with lodging and moisture for fungal pressure in future, is definitely time to get it down.

May 25th – Alfalfa First-Crop Forage Quality Data

Today’s numbers, indicating it is time for all dairy operations to get harvesting.  Heifer or beef cow quality feed has up to a week to go.

Site

Wausaukee

Beaver

Coleman

Grover

Lena North

Spruce

Gillett

Oconto Falls

Sampson

Abrams

Oconto

RFQ average

190

177

169

175

165

154

181

167

160

170

153

Max. Height

28- All veg.

29- veg.

31-veg.

30- most bud, uneven due to drought

31- all bud

33-all bud

29- new seeding last year, very dry

31- all bud

31- all bud

28- all bud

33- all bud


May 18th – Alfalfa First-Crop Forage Quality Data

The second set of data was collected May 18 and indicated that most fields are about a week away from harvesting to achieve dairy-quality forage of 150 to 180.  However, the most mature fields are ready to cut to achieve premium quality forage that some dairy farms are pursuing.  In-field quality ranged from a low of 195 in a field near Lena to a high of 242 in a slower developing field near Crivitz.  Individual sites and their average alfalfa forage quality were:

 Site

Abrams

Sampson

Oconto Falls

Oconto

Gillett/Maple Valley

Lena

Peshtigo

Coleman

Beaver

Crivitz

Wausaukee

RFQ average

215

214

211

223

213

195

231

210

208

242

222

Tallest Stem

21

21

22

20

22

24 (Note this is a tiled field)

20 (Not an extremely dense stand)

23

23

17 (slower developing field)

21


 

 

May 11th – 2016 Alfalfa First-Crop Forage Quality Data

The first set of data was collected May 11 and indicated that most fields are one to two weeks away from harvesting to achieve dairy-quality forage of 150 to 180.  In-field quality ranged from a low of 237 in a field near Beaver to a high of 266 in a field in Town of Spruce.  Individual sites and their average alfalfa forage quality were:

Site                  RFQ points

Abrams            246

Morgan/Chase 247

Oconto Falls    249

Spruce             266

Coleman          239

Beaver             237

Grover             261

Data will be collected every Wednesday through early June.

Where to get up-to-the-minute forage quality data:

Option #1  Conduct PEAQ (Predictive Estimated Alfalfa Quality) testing on your own fields.  If you need the PEAQ table, it is available all over on the web, including at http://www.uwex.edu/ces/forage/pubs/rfv-peaq.html  This works very well.  My comparison of doing PEAQ and Scissors Clip for many years leads me to believe that PEAQ is actually more accurate than Scissors Clip, especially on less-mature forages.

Option #2  Contact one of the following for our local First Crop Quality Data, updated at least every fourth day:

Marinette & Oconto County Scissors Clip Hotline 1-877-884-4408 or 715-732-7518 or  e-mail to scott.reuss@ces.uwex.edu

Online at http://www.fyi.uwex.edu/scissorsclip/ to get data from across the state as well as local data.                                                       You can look at how alfalfa quality is progressing further south, and simply click on our region to see our most recent data set.

 

 

 

 

2015 May 19th Data

Site 

McAllister

Wausaukee

Crivitz (Airport Road)

Klondike

Oconto Falls

Grover

RFQ average

216

197

206

208

206

209

Max Height (inches)

22

24

22

22

25

23

Visible Buds

*

*

*

*

*

*


*No visible buds anywhere

2015 May 21st Data

Site

Abrams

Oconto Falls

Gillett

Oconto

Grover

Klondike

Beaver

Crivitz

RFQ average

204

203

210

201

207

208

212

213

Max Height

25

24

22

24

24

25

25

23

Any Buds?

no

yes, a few visible

no

yes, a few visible

no

yes, a very few visible

no

field was affected by yesterday morning’s freeze


2015 May 26th Data

Site

McAllister

Wausaukee

Crivitz

Beaver

Klondike

County Line

Gillett

Oconto Falls

Abrams

RQF Average

204

170

204

188

189

176

201

181

184

Max Height

23

28

22

25

27

27

24

27

28

Buds

No visible buds

Most spots had visible buds

Severely frost affected field

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** Last year seeding

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                                                           ** Visible Buds in almost all sampled spots