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

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

Managing the yield and quality trade-off - February 2017

Cut fermentation losses - November 2016

Sampling a 24-ton truck or 5,000-ton bunker - April/May 2016

What determines forage-marketing benchmarks? - March 2016


Hoard's Dairyman

The energy tax imposed by feeling ill - October 2021

Dairy is evolving - so should your team - October 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

Clostridia isn't the only feed bacteria concern - November 2019

Invest in your forage future - May 2019

Approach nutrition like a pork producer - March 2019

Less lignin may mean more disease - February 2019

Dairy nutrition's tribal language: Speaking fiber - March 2018

Observation tools: after the cow - April 2017

Observation tools: before the bunk - April 2017

Spoiled forage and spoiled food have much in common - April 2016

Recapture forage shrink dollars - March 2016

Unlock the secrets of your nutrient analysis - January 2015


The Journal of Nutrient ManagementNavigating manure analysis priorities -February 2021


Progressive Dairy

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

When stress hits: Focus on that which you can control - September 2019

Dairy case study: What made production drop? - May 2019

Fatty acid nutrition: More than bringing added calories into your diet - August 2018

Bust up sorghum silage berries for improved feed conversion - May 2018

Soil health versus farm health - there's a difference - October 2016

The language of nutrition- uNDF and iNDF - March 2016


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

Choosing a sampling scheme: How to decide - October 2018 

Digging in: The real cost of soil analysis - June 2018

Soil test results and the law of diminishing returns - April 2017


Feedstuffs

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