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  • Clover
    Phytoestrogens in clover: Good or evil? Read More
  • Cattle grazing corn stover and winter cover crops
    The cost of grazing corn stover and winter cover crops Read More
  • John (Left) and son Carson Seymour
    Beef and tobacco operation turned native seed provider Read More
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  • Over-seeding clovers into poor producing or grass-dominated pastures by broadcast in late winter is a practice that has been done for years usually with some level of success. Adding legumes into pasture improves grazing quality and increases the forage amount that can be removed (up to a 50 to 100 percent increase in production when using legumes as a small percentage of the grass pasture). Introducing a legume into a grass pasture can also reduce the amount of applied nitrogen fertilizer since the legume will fix nitrogen and provide the existing grass with a substantial portion of the nitrogen these components need to grow.

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  • Tax codes on equipment trades just got trickier.

    Under old tax law, a farmer could trade in farm equipment and recognize no gain or loss on the trade. For example, assume a farmer has an old combine worth $200,000 and trades it in for a new combine worth $500,000. The $200,000 trade value is essentially ignored and the tax cost basis of the new combine is simply $300,000 (the net cash paid).

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  • Feed is the most expensive and one of the most necessary products in a ranch budget, making it no surprise that ranchers love a good discount on hay. Hay producers, on the other hand, have to decide whether or not that discount is worth the risk to their businesses.

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  • Like a lot of their neighbors, the Seymours raised beef and tobacco – and just for good measure, they did a bit of tree farming and logging. But changing times brought about a new vision for Randy Seymour, his son John and their operation, which had been in the family since the 1860s.

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