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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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Corn silage acres, left with limited crop residue and typically receiving a manure application after harvest, are ideal fields for cover crops.

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We tend to minimize when writing for a broad audience that our continent is actually made up of climate zones, and within those are micro-climates, and within those are native plants that have adapted to the environment and continue to adapt to environmental change.

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Many people envision their farm becoming a chemical-free or reduced chemical no-till system but can’t quite figure out what that looks like, including weed suppression, controlling the previous crop and getting all the inputs in the field.

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The laws surrounding hiring and firing farm employees are complex, which leads to a great deal of misunderstanding among employers about what they can and should do when in these situations. What type of investigation should an employer conduct into a potential hire?

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Last time I described a popular method of scoring forages called relative feed value (RFV). But RFV has severe limitations. RFV ignores protein content and does not account for differences in fiber digestibility.

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Seventeen is not only the number of years Tom Cotter has experimented with cover crops on his southern Minnesota farm; it’s also the number of species he uses in his mix.

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