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U of M Extension launches websites for forage shortage, late planting issues

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University of Minnesota Extension has educational resources available for those with questions related to a continuing forage shortage and late planting issues.

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Reports of winter injury and winterkill of alfalfa continue to intensify across parts of southern Minnesota, contributing to the existing shortage caused by two years of drought. Producers are examining options in light of their field assessment and inventory; many of these producers face purchasing hay or growing some type of emergency crop to feed livestock.

Visit Extension's "Alfalfa Weather Damage and Emergency Forages" website at www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/crops/spring-issues.

Minnesota farmers were delayed getting into their fields, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, after a late season snow storm brought moisture to areas that were already damp and cold. Warmer, drier weather in much of the state last week has likely improved planting progress, but challenges still exist in some areas.

Visit Extension's "Late Planting" website at www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/crops/late-planting.

Also available is Extension's toll free-phone and email Farm Information Line (1-800-232-9077 or fil@umn.edu). Extension's Farm Information Line is a resource for questions about water, crops, horticulture and climatology issues. Calls and emails are handled within one business day.

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