PEAQ & Winter Cereal Forages Monitor

Predictive Equations for Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) Stick/Alfalfa Scissors Clip

Predictive Equations for Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) Stick/Alfalfa Scissors Clip will be conducted by the Outagamie Forage Council again this year, the same way it always has, with the cooperation and support of many individuals.

Thanks in advance to Knutzen Crop Consulting, Dairyland Seeds, and Tilth Agronomy for their support of the program along with the host farms of Sugar Creek Farms, Neighborhood Dairy, Birling’s Bovines, and Larrand Dairy.

Samples will be collected on Monday and Thursday, when the crop reaches a height and stage of maturity when it is reasonable to begin sampling with results posted on Tuesday and Friday at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/scissorsclip/ or available through voicemail at (920) 832-4769.

Date

Farm

Height/Maturity Level

PEAQ/Lab Result

5-16-22 Sugar Creek 16″/Vegetative 237 RFV / 285 RFQ
5-16-22 Neighborhood Dairy 15″/Vegetative 245 RFV / 314 RFQ
5-16-22 Birlings Bovines 17.8″/Vegetative 225 RFV / 285 RFQ
5-16-22 Larrand Dairy 16″/Vegetative 237 RFV / 312 RFQ
5-16-22 Oneida Nation Farm – R&T 15.5″/Vegetative 135 RFV / 213 RFQ
5-16-22 Birlings Bovines – R&T 21″/Vegetative 129 RFV / 202 RFQ
5-16-22 Bob Van De Loo 24.5″/Vegetative 125 RFV / 196 RFQ
5-19-22 Sugar Creek 20″/Vegetative 211 RFV / 282 RFQ
5-19-22 Neighborhood Dairy 20″/Vegetative 211 RFV / 321 RFQ
5-19-22 Birlings Bovines 20″/Vegetative 211 RFV / 294 RFQ
5-19-22 Larrand Dairy 17.5″/Vegetative 227 RFV / 252 RFQ
5-19-22 Oneida Nation Farm – R&T 17″/Vegetative 120 RFV / 192 RFQ
5-19-22 Birlings Bovines – R&T 25″/Vegetative 130 RFV / 200 RFQ
5-19-22 Bob Van De Loo 26″/Vegetative 113 RFV / 192 RFQ
5-23-22 Sugar Creek 25″/Vegetative 185 RFV / 315 RFQ
5-23-22 Neighborhood Dairy 25″/Vegetative 185 RFV / 291 RFQ
5-23-22 Birlings Bovines 24″/Vegetative 191 RFV / 279 RFQ
5-23-22 Larrand Dairy 21.5″/Vegetative 203 RFV / 264 RFQ
5-23-22 Oneida Nation Farm – R&T 26.5″/Vegetative 131 RFV / 220 RFQ
5-23-22 Birlings Bovines – R&T 28″/ 60% Heading 117 RFV / 193 RFQ
5-23-22 Bob Van De Loo 35.5″/ 90-95% Headed 107 RFV / 191 RFQ
5-26-22 Sugar Creek 27″/Vegetative 172 RFV / 241 RFQ
5-26-22 Neighborhood Dairy 28″/Bud Stage 163 RFV / 280 RFQ
5-26-22 Birlings Bovines 26″/Early Bud 172 RFV / 270 RFQ
5-26-22 Larrand Dairy 24″/Vegetative 190 RFV / 229 RFQ
5-26-22 Oneida Nation Farm – R&T 28″/50% Headed 106 RFV / 195 RFQ
5-26-22 Birlings Bovines – R&T 30″/90% Headed 102 RFV / 183 RFQ
5-26-22 Bob Van De Loo Harvested Harvested
5-31-22 Sugar Creek Harvested Harvested
5-31-22 Neighborhood Dairy Harvested Harvested
5-31-22 Birlings Bovines 28″/Bud Stage 164 RFV / 190 RFQ
5-31-22 Larrand Dairy 29″/Bud Stage 160 RFV / 193 RFQ
5-31-22 Oneida Nation Farm – R&T 46″ Headed 87 RFV / 159 RFQ
5-31-22 Birlings Bovines – R&T Harvested Harvested

 

Outagamie Forage Council to Pilot Project to Monitor Maturity and Quality of Winter Cereal Forages for 2022

 

The number of farms planting winter cereal crops continues to increase every year. There are tens of thousands of acres of these forage crops grown in Northeast and East-Central Wisconsin. While the history of some of these crops may be rooted in their use as a forage to provide supplemental heifer or dry cow feed, we now manage the harvest of these crops quite differently. Many farms have greater forage needs than what their existing cropping acreage can support, so it should not be a surprise to anyone that we cannot allow all of our acreage to remain fallow during the winter months. Crops like winter triticale have proven time and time again that when managed effectively and harvested correctly, they can provide supplemental forage to the lactating dairy herd ration. As a result of the increase in acreage and the necessity to accurately identify the ideal time to the harvest winter cereal crops to maximize both yield and quality, the Outagamie Forage Council will be piloting a project where we collect height and maturity information, and then report lab analysis values for these crops. Results will be posted on this page.

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