Odessa Grange

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We provide agronomic expertise on all crops produced in central Eastern Washington and cover a large service area in the upper Columbia Basin. We are located in a rain shadow with annual rainfall between 8 and 14 inches; 75 percent of our farm ground is dryland and 25 percent is irrigated.

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ALFALFA NEWS

A bright future: Protein in alfalfa hay and haylage

January 28, 2021 Alfalfa has long been appreciated for its high protein content. It is normally around 20% crude protein (CP) for dairy-quality hay/haylage and 16% to 18% CP when harvested at first flower to mid-flower for growing animals. Read more

The irony and the ecstasy of alfalfa in the South

December 24, 2020 The legendary grass breeder and agronomist Dr. Glenn Burton told attendees at the 1990 Southern Pasture and Forage Crop Improvement Conference a story that was related to him after he arrived in Tifton, Georgia, in 1936. Read more

Save on nitrogen for small-grain forages after alfalfa

November 30, 2020 Single or mixed species of small grains such as barley, wheat, oats and triticale are being used more frequently as rotation forage crops in the West, especially during drought years, as small-grain forages typically require less total irrigation than corn, and the timing of their irrigation...

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FORAGE NEWS

Myth-busting 8 common beliefs about cover crops

April 7, 2021 Myths surrounding cover crops typically fall into one of two camps. The first camp is that of detriment, with concerns about available moisture being sucked up in a drought-prone area or fear that cash crop yields will be hurt. The second is misplaced expectations – placing cover crops on a...

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The reintroduction of sainfoin

April 2, 2021 Sainfoin is an old forage that is receiving renewed interest. It is known as a legume that has low bloat potential and also suppresses internal parasites in ruminants. Read more

Perennial peanut: Your questions answered

February 23, 2021 Often referred to as “the alfalfa of the South,” the addition of perennial peanut into forage systems has been a game-changer for many Florida cattlemen looking to improve their ranch’s performance. Read more

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