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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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Small wheel loaders have been an essential piece of equipment on forage-growing operations for many years. Their performance capabilities are ideal for tasks such as filling silage pits, loading silage in carriers to be transported to feedlots, or handling, loading and stacking hay bales.

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A study with four rake types conducted in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin shows about 70 percent of relative forage quality (RFQ) in alfalfa results from leaf percentage. Every time drying alfalfa is moved in the field, leaves are lost and RFQ is reduced.

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Exhaust leaks can be dangerous to the operator but also may rob your truck or equipment of needed power. Because turbo chargers rely on exhaust pressure, leaks between the turbo unit and the exhaust manifold will reduce the performance of a turbo-charged engine.

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Every shop project starts in the same place – by identifying the current equipment problem.

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Producing dairy quality alfalfa hay has always been a challenge. The industry is constantly pursuing new technologies to help the hay producer grow and package a consistently high-quality forage.

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I am troubled by age discrimination in the world of machinery. Too often I hear that a car or a tractor or even a computer is not working well because “it is getting old.” My feelings could be partly due to sympathy for the machine, since I am getting old myself, but they are mostly because I know how great older machines can be, and how simple they can be to get back into working shape.

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