Medford Cooperative

Archive: April 2016

Soil sampling is a vital process whether you are a rural producer or city-dwelling home owner. Soil sampling and analysis gives you chemical and physical information about your soil which can be used to optimize growth or assist in solving soil-related problems. Results from a soil test will help you make the decision whether or not to fertilize, resulting in environmental and economic benefits. Soil test results can indicate problem areas in your soil. Some examples include: excess salts, high or low pH, problematic soil…

Evaluating supplements and additives during a period of low milk price is very common.  The current (4/1/16)  price for fat is $2.21/lb. and protein is $1.92/lb.  It doesn’t happen very often that fat and protein pricing are inverted. Amino acid balancing for protein may not pay as much as it did last year at this time. Each producer has to remember that lysine and methionine are required nutrients just like vitamins and minerals.  Dietary lysine levels drive milk production and are…