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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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Spring is just around the corner and with it comes many busy farm activities. Winter “downtime” is a great opportunity to perform routine maintenance on all of your low-cost hay equipment before it’s needed in the spring.

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Imagine, if you will, a tractor pulling a fertilizer wagon travelling at 8 to 9 mph along a field of thousands of sorghum test plants.

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What to know before you buy
Equipment: Conditioners
Feature: Roller versus tine designs

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Over the years, if you’ve owned a small square baler, chances are you’ve probably had problems with knotters not tying. So here is a general guide to help deal with this unexpected challenge which always seems to happen with a full crop in the field.

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What to know before you buy
Equipment: Rake
 Feature: Rake arm shock absorbers

We invited equipment companies to educate us about forage equipment features. The companies are listed in no particular order.

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After a long period of harvesting in the hayfield throughout the summer, I’m sure you found it very tempting to just back your haying equipment into the shed for the winter.

However, doing a thorough winter inspection or pre-inspection and performing maintenance where it is needed is time well spent.

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