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Forage Production

Whether you graze, chop, ensile, bag or bale forage, we offer practical information for your hay, silage and pasture needs.

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Most of us have some piece of machinery we have held on to … sometimes too long. The reasons can be varied: It belonged to Grandpa; it is a collector’s item (if only to you) – or probably the No. 1 reason: It is too expensive to replace it.

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Some days it’s easy to be a hero. I went into a farm shop looking for a hay grower, but he was not in the area that day. One of his employees was losing a battle with a little tire.

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How can you tell if someone is listening to you? I mean truly paying attention and comprehending the words you are saying?

Being present has become a profound topic because we seem to come up with more distractions all the time.

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As the U.S. population continues to increase, an adequate supply of clean water will become more critical. We must all strive to not only conserve water but also help ensure its quality.

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Bernie Erven, professor emeritus at Ohio State University and owner of Erven HR Services LLC, was a keynote presenter at the annual symposium hosted by the Midwest Forage Association in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, earlier this year.

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Sometimes, I wonder if reacting to Mother Nature or man-made errors in judgment are not the most stressful part of choosing a career in farming. While waiting for the rain to stop is fretful enough when the hay is ready, the worry over what to do when it stops raining is even more so. One of those worries is the effect of heat stress on grazing systems.

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