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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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When does equipment pay for itself? Determining when a capital investment moves from breakeven to profitable is tricky.

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In past articles, we have discussed preparations for wintertime. However, I thought it would also be interesting to take a look at what service technicians are working on now, during the producer’s downtime.

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Proper tire maintenance on farm machinery and implements is important for improving efficiency, and now is a good time for farmers to look at maintaining or replacing tires, say a Purdue University agricultural engineer.

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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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