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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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Summer slump presents a problem to many producers, but when faced with a few hot, empty weeks and hungry cattle, it becomes a real issue.

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There are nearly as many ways to feed hay as there are farms in the U.S. Everyone seems to have their own method. Despite significantly lower fertilizer prices in 2016, hay and baleage bales are still expensive. So, a number of articles have been penned over the years to keep costs low by minimizing hay feeding losses. Yet, that is only part of the story.

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During our current severe drought, any technique that saves water excites us more than a dog in a sausage factory.

Thus the comments by some claiming substantial water savings by growing forage hydroponically as a livestock feed has attracted substantial interest.

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Richard Schirado hated to waste a good swather when the header was shot, so he turned it into a self-propelled rake.

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Cultural missteps: The Got Milk? slogan is translated in Spanish as “Are you lactating?” The Chinese translation of KFC’s finger-lickin’ good slogan was translated initially as “Eat your fingers off.” It can be tricky working with other languages and cultures.

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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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