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Harvest & Storage

Forage quality doesn’t increase after harvest, so it’s critical to achieve optimal harvest and store it right to reduce loss. Let our experts tell you how.

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When large round hay balers first became popular in the 1970s, one of their strong selling points was the fact that you could store the bales in the field without covering them.

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Storage
After all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into making that stack of perfect hay, added to alternately praying for and cursing the weather, how about a little common sense in storing the product?

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Some of you reading this may never have considered the ensilage process as a preservation option, while others of you have been practicing this preservation technique since you and your pitchfork first lost your job to a silo unloader.

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As herd sizes have grown, so have the storage units that preserve the forages used to feed dairy cows.

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Fundamentally, the goal of hay production is to provide an inexpensive feedstuff that meets the nutritional needs (i.e., energy, protein, mineral, etc.) of the livestock.

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Men and women who harvest forage crops need to follow the weather predictions closely, especially when there is a shift to the “chance of showers” weather pattern.

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