North Idaho Forage School

On November 2, 2015, over 50 hay producers showed up at the Boundary County Fairgrounds to learn about forage topics including fertilizing, weeds, insect pests like the alfalfa weevil, economics, crop insurance, cover crops, and marketing. Hay production is a major crop in North Idaho, with over 150,000 acres harvested in the 10-county region, producing an average of 120,000 tons per year. In Boundary County, hay is produced on about one-third of the cropland, with an average yield of 2.5 tons per acre. Alfalfa is produced on another 25% of the county’s cropland, with an average yield of 2.7 tons per acre. All of the slide presentations from the University of Idaho Extension sponsored event are available below. Additional resources and handouts are linked below as well.

Weed Control in Hay and Pasture, by Duke Guthrie, Boundary County Weed Supervisor

IPM for Alfalfa Hay Insects: Fear No Weevil! Dr. Ed Bechinski, University of Idaho Extension IPM Coordinator

Soils of North Idaho: Fertilizing for Forage Production, by Doug Finkelnburg, University of Idaho Extension Educator, Nez Perce County

Cover Crops for Hay & Grazing: Trial Results, by Jim Church, University of Idaho Extension Educator, Idaho County

Forage Risk Management, by Jon Paul Driver, Western Center For Risk Management Education

Results of the North Idaho Variety Trials, presented by Ken Hart, University of Idaho Extension Educator, Lewis County

Ventenata Control in Hay and Pasture, by Dr. Tim Prather, University of Idaho

Economics of Hay Production, by Kate Painter, University of Idaho Extension Educator, Boundary County

Marketing Hay in Idaho, by Kate Painter, University of Idaho Extension Educator, Boundary County

NRCS Cost-Share Programs for Cover Crops, by Sean Johnson, USDA-NRCS, Sandpoint

Additional Resources for Hay Producers

A3637 Identifying Pasture Grasses

SARE website: Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations

SARE Handbook: Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition

PNW0614 Pasture and Grazing Management in the Pacific Northwest

PNW0627 Meadow Voles and Pocket Gophers: Management in Lawns, Gardens, and Cropland

 

2015 North Idaho Crop Budgets for Alfalfa and Hay Production

Alfalfa, small bales, Excel spreadsheet
Alfalfa, small bales, pdf (print bulletin with this file)

Grass hay, small bales, Excel spreadsheet
Grass hay, small bales, pdf (print bulletin with this file)

North Idaho Crop Budgets

These crop budgets represent estimates of typical economic returns for production of the major agricultural commodities in North Idaho. Fair market values are used to estimate returns for each factor of production. These budgets are available in interactive spreadsheet formats (Excel) and also as a printable document in pdf (portable document format) format.

2015 Cost and return estimates for hay production in North Idaho
Pdf        Excel

2015 Cost and return estimates for alfalfa production in North Idaho
Pdf       Excel

2016 Cost and return estimates for grain production in North Idaho, including wheat, barley, oats, peas, lentils, garbanzos, lentils, and yellow mustard
Pdf       Excel

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