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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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What to know before you buy

Equipment: Disc mower
Feature: Disc diameter

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

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Machinery and equipment are major cost items for producing forage crops. Larger machines, new technology, higher prices for parts and new machinery, and higher energy prices have all caused machinery and power costs to rise in recent years.

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Broadcast planting small forage seeds into heavy pasture sod often leads to poor seedling establishment because the tiny seeds do not reach the soil surface.

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Self-propelled windrowers offer speed and high-capacity cutting on a wide range of crops. Like all equipment, adjusting the machine to field conditions and regular maintenance are the keys to best performance.

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Some things never change. The land, the clock, calendar and weather forecasts have always been the major influences in everyday farming.

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Farmers often grow hay and forage crops on ground too rough, steep or unsuitable for row crops.

This means it’s especially important to prepare fields and machines for safe use.

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