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Buying new hay or silage equipment? Having maintenance issues? Want to learn equipment tips to increase efficiency? We can help with your equipment decisions.

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For forage operations, harvest season comes more than once each year, and timing is critical.

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Three types of bale wrappings are used with large round bales – twine, net wrap and plastic wrap.

Twine wrapping
Twine, sisal or poly, is the least costly wrap but takes more bale revolutions to produce wrapped bales than net or plastic.

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A forage harvester owner might ask, “How can I get my harvester and corn head ready to chop?” The few hours spent inspecting and doing preventative maintenance on a pull-type or self-propelled forage harvester and its head will pay off by getting a harvester in the field quickly when the crop is ready and then minimizing expensive downtime and costly repairs during harvest.

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For many Iowa farmers, diesel fuel is a large portion of day-to-day energy costs. Historical data shows that tractor fuel consumption can be reduced with simple techniques such as shifting to a higher gear and pulling back on the tractor’s throttle.

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One requirement of extension personnel who write articles for either popular or refereed journals is that we always bow to the findings of supported research, not just political or personal opinion.

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A 2011 New Holland T8.300 with Soucy 820 track system and 1,137 hours recently sold for $135,400 with an online auction service and received 50 bids (same model without Soucy track was advertised elsewhere for $148,000).

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