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Try Oats After Wheat
Cheryl Anderson DTN Staff Reporter
Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:30 AM CDT

DAVENPORT, Neb. (DTN) -- With near-record-low hay stocks and impending high winter feed costs, some livestock producers are looking for alternatives to typical winter feed such as alfalfa hay. Double-cropping oats after wheat is an alternative some are trying this year.

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. hay stocks on May 1, 2013, totaled 14.2 million tons, down 34% from a year ago. This is the lowest May 1 stocks estimate on record.

The ample rainfall some areas received this spring and summer is a double-edged sword, according to Stan Smith, an Ohio State University Extension program assistant ...

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