David Matejcek is afraid he’ll have to buy hay this fall to feed his 110 head of cattle. Even after taking about 300 acres of land out of the federal Conservation Reserve Program when the contract expired, the farmer from the western Walsh County town of Lawton, N.D., doesn’t think he’ll have enough of a hay crop to feed his herd.
North Dakota’s Agriculture De-partment wants to get out of the business of certifying livestock forage and rock products as weed-free, but county officials say they don’t want the job pushed on them.
State and county officials agree on the need for a statewide certification program. Feed could be certified weed-free, for example, when a horse owner takes hay into a national park, or gravel could be certified weed-free for a landowner who buys it but wants no weeds brought on his property with the rocks.
By Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
, June 07, 2008
Would you even think for a second about skipping fertilizer on your corn ground? I doubt it. If a recent soil test suggests you need fertilizer or lime on hay and pastureland, economics of production indicates that the return to fertilizer application on your hay and pasture ground is even greater than that for corn acreage.
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