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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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There is growing interest in wrapping hay as farmers look for solutions to put up quality hay in tight weather windows. Wrapping high-moisture hay bales can reduce the time hay needs to dry, minimizing the risks of a crop getting rained on.

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With the recent fires, farmers and ranchers may have questions about what to do with their land and pasture. Here are some questions and answers to consider.

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Fertilizer, water and other input costs are skyrocketing. To combat these costs, you need a forage field with maximum forage quality. Enter: forage sorghum. Forage sorghum will save you A LOT of money, and University studies prove sorghum offers forage quality comparable to corn.

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Various pivot irrigation technologies, such as low-elevation sprinklers and mobile drip irrigation, have promising water-saving potential, but the investments required for these technologies can sometimes be too great to incentivize producers to adopt.

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The key to an efficient hay season is a smooth startup. Making sure windrowers, mower conditioners, rakes, balers and other hay implements are ready to go when forage is at its peak maximizes uptime and helps ensure a successful harvest.

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A January 2022 webinar from Utah State University Extension addressed the results of alfalfa nitrogen credit studies looking at whether corn or small grains responded to nitrogen applications in the first two years after alfalfa termination.

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