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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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Having reliable equipment is fundamental to running a good farming operation. If your tractors, trucks or loaders are down, profit starts to slip away with each hour that machine is out of commission.

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To compare tons of forage chopped per hour and tons of forage chopped per gallon of fuel, a new John Deere 7950 and a chopper from a leading competitor roared into a field on the De Jager Farms South dairy in Merced, California, on May 12.

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I know a boy and a father that were killed in rollovers, a boy that was wrapped up and killed in a PTO and another guy that had his arm messed up in a PTO. I barely pulled a small boy out of the way of the tractor his father was driving.

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Whether your tractor has been in the shed for the winter or out tackling the toughest of winter chores, it’s time for a thorough “spring cleaning” inside and out to get ready for that long list of upcoming spring and summer projects.

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Define the problem
Wheel traffic is a common problem in the modern culture of forage production. Over the years, the equipment used to cut, rake, bale and remove hay from the field has changed dramatically as mechanization has reduced the requirement for arduous hand labor.

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Last issue we discussed the need to take oil samples in order to know how often your machines need an oil change.

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