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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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Situation No. 1

It is cold out for this time of year. There is not much to do today on the farm, so you drive into town to have coffee with the guys and catch up on local gossip.

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As we age, Old Man Winter gets older at an ever-increasing rate. With each passing year, the joints ache a bit more and get a bit stiffer. While this isn’t a fashion column, let me give you just a few quick pointers from an old farmer.

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When the earliest round balers rolled from the assembly line into the field, hay and straw producers learned these shiny machines were the way of the future.

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Why do rodents chew wires?

One-quarter of house fires with undetermined causes are assumed to be caused by rodents chewing on electrical wires.

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There are a good many lessons I learned hoeing tobacco. One thing I learned early on was: If you picked out the lightest hoe, so it would be easier to carry, you soon found out the lack of weight meant you had to work harder to cultivate the soil.

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Farming, no matter what production methods are used, works in concert with nature. Even the most complex biotechnology works only when used with the partnership of Mother Nature. Nature can also deal some pretty tough challenges to our equipment, both in the field and back at the shed.

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