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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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First, let’s agree the term “precision” is relative. Forage is a diverse system with an even more diverse set of management strategies. Regardless, every manager should be constantly striving to improve the precision in which nutrients are managed.

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What does it cost to harvest a ton of hay?

I have asked this question to large audiences of hay producers. Several farmers can estimate their harvest costs fairly accurately; some know their costs exactly; others do not know what it costs them.

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“You only get one chance to make good silage,” says Tim Meister.

Meister, a division marketing manager for John Deere Ottumwa Works, has been analyzing corn silage for 20 years.

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Setting up a limited liability company (LLC) is a popular option in America and it could provide both tax and liability advantages for farmers. However, since every farming operation is unique and every farmer’s assets and liabilities differ, an LLC doesn’t fit the needs of every farming operation.

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A written contract can be a valuable tool for farmers, but many farm leases never end up in writing. Basing a farm lease arrangement on just a conversation and a handshake can be risky. Consider, for example, a verbal grazing lease that ended up in court because an extended drought substantially reduced the amount of forage and the parties couldn’t agree on how to handle the problem.

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Remanufactured parts and components are a great way to save time and money without sacrificing quality. Remanufactured (or reman) parts aren’t just parts that have been repaired; they are built to meet or exceed original OEM specifications and are usually backed by a warranty that, in some cases, is better than new warranty coverage.

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