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MANAGEMENT

Manage employees, analyze yield drivers, explore forage markets, become more confident in preparing farm financial statements, and untangle farm succession issues.

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I have needs that most of the population does not. For this reason I do most of my clothes shopping mail-order or online via Sheplers or Cabela’s. Most of the clothing they carry comes in tall sizes.

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The foundation of profitable livestock production is good forage management. The definition of “good” forage management depends on the livestock enterprise, the farm and the economic environment.

Forage yield has a major impact on the economics of harvesting stored feed. As first harvest is delayed, forage yield increases but forage quality decreases.

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You may be wondering why winter would be a good time to discuss a hay management program. My experience is that a key to a successful hay program is planning.

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Developing a fair and equitable method of charging for custom harvesting forage has long been a popular point of discussion. Most operations charge clients on a per-ton, per-hour or per-acre basis.

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Over the last few years there has been some increasing interest in custom feed and forage production.

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The following is an excerpt from Genevieve Christ's blog, PAfarmgirl. Christ is a Penn State Cooperative Extension agronomist in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and blogs about agricultural issues.

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