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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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We’ve come a long way from cutting and binding sheaves of hay. Yet very few folks can explain how a bale knotter works. And I won’t try. As a farm equipment mechanic, what I will try to do is tell you how to repair one.

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After a long season of making hay, preparing your hay and forage equipment for winter storage can seem to be a tedious and even needless chore. After all, what could possibly happen to a round baler or trailed mower as it hibernates in your machine shed?

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The current farm financial climate in Kansas has a lot of the same characteristics of the 1980s farm crisis. Then, as now, net farm income leading up to the farm crisis was near record levels but dropped very quickly.

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Q. What makes a self-propelled windrower productive?

A. For commercial haymakers, productivity begins when a crop is mown, and the self-propelled windrower has always been at the forefront.

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If you are like the rest of us, there is at least a year’s worth of condensation collected in your bulk fuel storage tanks.

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One of my toys is a Mazda RX-7, 1979 – the first year the little rotary engine-powered sports car was available in this country. It’s like some equipment on a dairy in that it sees only occasional use. Part of occasional use is that you are not certain if it will start when you need it.

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