WCCO EYE4 LOGO WCCO Radio wcco-eye-red01, ww color red

Latest News

Minn. Livestock Producers Face Forage Shortage

View Comments
(credit: Jupiter Images)

(credit: Jupiter Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. 4 Things For April 18, 2014
  2. WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Fried Chicken
  3. Wis. Senior Bowls Perfect 300 ... Again
  4. Dozens Behind Bars After Largest MN Heroin Bust
  5. Morning Headlines From 04/18

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota livestock producers could be facing a forage shortage this spring.

Experts with University of Minnesota Extension say reports of winter injury and winterkill of alfalfa continue to intensify across parts of southern Minnesota. That’s contributing to an existing shortage caused by two years of drought. The service has begun surveying farmers to get a better grip on the extent of the damage.

And producers are examining their options. Many of them will end up purchasing hay or growing some type of emergency crop to feed their animals.

Extension has set up a web page with educational resources for producers with questions about forage supplies. The service has also set up one on late planting, since many Minnesota farmers faced delays getting into their fields due to late-season snow.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus