Industry Articles

The experts at Rock River Laboratory are regular contributors to a number of industry publications. Below is a collection of these articles, sorted by publication, focusing on relevant and timely agronomy and animal nutrition topics. 


Hay and Forage Grower

It takes the right equipment - March 2022

The current state of kernel processing - February 2022

A corn crop with multiple personalities - January 2022

Sorting out snaplage - November 2021

Corn silage two-minute drill - August/ September 2021 

Get your soybean meal from alfalfa fields - April/May 2021 

Corn silage is a mixed bag of groceries - March 2021

Forage for when the water runs out - February 2021

Don't forget the fiber - January 2021

Valuing hay with today's feed analysis - August/ September 2020 

Treat your forage like an engine control module - March 2020

Frozen forage disruption - February 2020

Rethinking dry matter - November 2019

Time hay cutting by ditching the calendar - April/May 2019


Hoard's Dairyman

Carbon could become the crypto for farmers - May 2022

How to feed your dairy herd under extreme volatility - April 2022

Don't allow variation to become a cliche - April 2022

Finances could impact your forage plans - March 2022

Do your diets have enough building blocks? - February 2022

Silage should not suck - January 2022

Testing hybrids will pay bulk tank dividends - January 2022

Check your herd’s fuel efficiency - December 2021

It takes a team to ignite the rumen - November 2021

The energy tax imposed by feeling ill - October 2021

Dairy is evolving - so should your team - September 2021

Repetition brings strength, consistency, and accuracy - September 2021

Clean data can power your farm to profit - August 2021

Avoid using a sledgehammer to pound a trim nail - July 2021

Moisture could be diluting your feed purchase - June 2021

Cows have a way of talking to us - May 2021

Run your butterfat checklist like a shopping list - April 2021

Which entree would you rather have? - April 2021

Speaking a new yield language - March 2021

Develop a balanced plan to thwart toxins - February 2021

Feed hygiene doesn't stop at the bunk - January 2021

Silage quality doesn't play out like a textbook - January 2021

Corn silage samples varied coast to coast - November 2020

Don't choke at the plate with your forages - October 2020

Have a blueprint for alternative forages - June 2020

There's more sand in your forage pockets - May 2020

Evaluate fungicide use by economic outcome - April 2020

There's more to seed corn evaluation - February 2020


The Journal of Nutrient Management

Variability is the rule - November 2021

Navigating manure analysis priorities - February 2021


Progressive Dairy

The alternative forage decision tree - May 2022

Upcycling byproducts to upsize profitability - December 2021

Assessing the true cost of TMR variability - October 2021

Forage management in times of drought stress - August 2021

Perfecting the ration puzzle - July 2021

Step up your seed genetics selection - October 2020

The fungal battlefield - August 2020

Corn silage uNDF: Potential impact factor relative to feed conversion efficiency - May 2020


A practical guide to collecting an irrigation water sample - May 2022

The curveball of PFAS - February 2022

A primer on soil carbon and carbon markets - January 2022

Strategizing for the forage game beyond X's and O's - November 2021

The fermentation shrink endgame - July 2021

Synthetic nitrogen in forage production - April 2021

Soil health beyond the microbes - March 2021

Progressive Forage

Avoiding excessive nitrate concentrations - February 2021

Add some healthy skepticism to the toolbox - December 2020

What's next for hemp? - November 2020

Soil testing that pays - September 2020

Decision-making in weird economic times - July 2020

Getting out of the rut of soil compaction - March 2020


Feedstuffs

TMR digestibility compared using NIRS vs. wet chemistry - August 2016