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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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Is the market price for hay lower than your cost of production? Do you know your cost of production? I suspect many of us have not calculated it for a while. I recently went through the process of updating a budget for irrigated alfalfa hay in southern Idaho.

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What’s a two-bucket gal? A two-bucket gal is a woman who can do two or more things at once: helping on the farm, no matter what the job; wash the family’s greasy clothes; have lunches ready; run the tractor, grain cart or whatever needs running; manage the house; and be the glue of the family.

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If you are like the rest of us, there is at least a year’s worth of condensation collected in your bulk fuel storage tanks.

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In the field of science, new discoveries are constantly being achieved. The world of knowledge is growing broader, and new fields of study are being undertaken today that were never heard of just a few short years ago.

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Like many areas, pasture productivity in Virginia is inconsistent. More often than not, we have a glut of grass in spring which is hayed from pasture only to be fed out later in the year – as early as September in dry years.

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One of my toys is a Mazda RX-7, 1979 – the first year the little rotary engine-powered sports car was available in this country. It’s like some equipment on a dairy in that it sees only occasional use. Part of occasional use is that you are not certain if it will start when you need it.

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