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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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Especially in times of high energy costs, efficient irrigation equipment is essential to the viability of farms and ranches.

According to USDA’s 2003 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey, there were 43 million pump-irrigated acres in the United States, with energy costs for these systems averaging $1.5 billion per year, or $36 per irrigated acre.

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There is a way to prevent injuries and fatalities on the farm and save millions of dollars, notes the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Agricultural Branch administrator Michael Wolf.

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The evaluation of rakes and mergers can be based on field losses, drying rates, windrow shape and condition, ability to move large swaths, and ability to create a windrow free of contamination of rocks, soil and other debris.

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Another growing season is just around the corner, and farmers who want to make the most efficient use of pesticides should pay close attention to sprayer maintenance, said an Ohio State Extension expert.

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Hay and forage producers have a wide variety of equipment options for raking and merging swaths or windrows.

Selecting the proper equipment and operating it correctly will ensure high-quality hay and forage with a cost effective harvesting system.

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) interim Tier 4 regulations mandating lower emissions for high-horsepower tractors went into effect January 1, 2011.

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