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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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While the vast majority of farm machinery is still acquired for cash or with a conventional loan, leasing is also a popular choice.

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Quality silage comes from good crops being stored quickly and packed tight. Think about what would happen if your truck that hauls the silage from the field won’t unload. How long would it take you to unload by hand?

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Though heavy equipment is the main cause of deep compaction, said Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois Extension agronomist, large tractors are usually needed to help relieve compaction by pulling implements that penetrate soil into the deeper, compacted zones.

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Thought about the hoses connected to your farm equipment? If not, you should, a Purdue University specialist advises.

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Dairy farmer Anthony Marco was compressing a long row of chopped hay beneath his tractor two weeks ago, preparing it as winter feed for his cows, when the 4-ton machine suddenly toppled over as he drove it along the pile's steep sides.

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One thing some farmers do well is preparation for harvest. My father was a small farmer that had as many as 300 acres at one time.

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