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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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As most dairymen know, the dairy industry is coming under increasing pressure to address comprehensive environmental concerns.

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It is so true that a small portable inflator or air compressor is a great tool to have both on the farm and around the house. Even small units are great for inflating tires or toys, and many pack enough punch for some small air tools. The key word here is “some.”

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Small wheel loaders have been an essential piece of equipment on forage-growing operations for many years. Their performance capabilities are ideal for tasks such as filling silage pits, loading silage in carriers to be transported to feedlots, or handling, loading and stacking hay bales.

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Forage quality doesn’t increase after harvest, so what methods can be put into place to ensure haylage yields are of optimum use to animals? Agriculture experts have spent years researching what steps affect forage nutrition, and some of the most minute details can alter the makeup of your product.

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The ag industry is one that doesn’t stand still. Everything from new technology to unexpected changes in weather affects operations and brings growers both new challenges and opportunities. Despite continual change, one thing remains a constant for all: the value of the dollar.

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Although many vertebrate pests cause problems in alfalfa, the most frequent offenders are often pocket gophers (geomyidae) and meadow voles (also known as meadow mice; Microtus spp.). Pocket gophers are short, stout burrowing rodents, usually 6 to 8 inches in length.

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