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In football, there is always hype about the quarterback – but when it comes to winning, they certainly don’t get the job done alone. What I love about team sports is you only win when you put a mixture of talent together.

If you took all the top quarterbacks in the NFL and made a team, they would probably not fare well on the field because they all bring similar skills. Diversity trumps when winning games.

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In Beaverdam, Virginia, lots of people can grow grass and alfalfa hay. Getting the hay to dry, however, is trickier.

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In recent months, articles on “drones,” properly termed as unmanned aircraft, are popping up in the media everywhere as a “revolutionary” new tool for producers, agronomists, seed distributors and others to use in their daily operations.

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“Sometimes you have to spend a little money to make money” applies perfectly to testing stored forages like hay and silage.

Sometimes “making money” actually means saving money when appropriate or spending money to ensure optimum production.

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Custom bale-wrapping is a growing business in the Midwest and Eastern U.S., where wetter weather makes it difficult to put up dry hay.

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Did you get up enough hay this year? What was the quality of your hay? The drought of last year and the excessive rains in many parts of the country this year have left us with two forage problems going into the winter: not enough hay, and the hay made will be of very poor quality.

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