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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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“Off with their heads!” is the trademark phrase of the Queen of Hearts, a vile and loathsome character in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Whenever she was even slightly annoyed by one of her subjects, she would command this terrible fate for them. This is obviously not a good character trait, unless one applies the “off with their heads” philosophy to tall fescue. As it turns out, headless tall fescue is greatly beneficial to animal performance.

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Merle Rabenberg left his home farm in southwest Minnesota in 1982, the same day he began dreaming of the day he would return.

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With the low hay prices of 2016, some producers may be thinking of trying to get into the organic hay market. Organic farming systems rely on practices such as cultural and biological pest management, and virtually prohibit synthetic chemicals in crop production and antibiotics or hormones in livestock production.

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With spring just a few weeks away, preparing your machines for work is one of the most important steps you can take today to ensure your success. This is prime time to check your equipment and make any necessary repairs to avoid downtime during your busy season.

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We used to use fall dormancy to estimate winter hardiness of alfalfa; however, plant breeders have broken the relationship over ranges of fall dormancy. Now we have the opportunity to choose differing combinations of the two traits to best suit individual producer needs.

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Given the tenor of the soil health buzz, however, one could not be blamed for assuming that with proper management, one could turn a compacted clay soil into something with the color, consistency and taste of chocolate cake, and the productivity of the Nile River Delta.

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