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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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Producers who feed corn silage to their dairy cows or custom chop for customers understand the significance of good silage processing. As planning begins for this fall’s corn silage harvest, it’s a good time to ensure your operation is prepared for proper chop length and kernel processing of corn silage.

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Are you using a forage inoculant in your forage program?

The evidence is clear, and the industry’s leading experts agree that it’s no longer a question of “Should I use a forage inoculant?” but rather, “Which forage inoculant should I use?”

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Only occasionally do forage and livestock producers see record-high prices and profit margins for extended periods of time. Even though prices for feed, seed and fertilizer are also at historical highs, many farm and ranch families will find themselves with more than the usual amount of cash left over in 2014.

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As world population and demand for food rise, keeping soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance.

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In a study conducted in 2005, Steve Orloff, farm advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, Yreka; Dan Putnam, alfalfa and forage specialist, UC Davis; and Blaine Hanson, irrigation specialist emeritus, UC Davis explored the drought tolerance qualities possessed by alfalfa.

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It’s a most natural cycle. Forages are fed to livestock that produce manure, and manure is returned to the soil to provide the nutrients to produce the next crop. After all, it’s what has happened on pastures and rangelands for millennia.

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