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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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Should you stop planting corn to get haylage in on time? First-crop alfalfa harvest is getting under way, yet there are still cornfields waiting to be planted.

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“The world is insane except for me and thee; and oft-times I wonder of thee.”

What’s happening out there? Oil and commodity prices are shooting upward while the claims of the end of the recession seem to be mainly political rhetoric.

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Way back when (late ‘60s, I believe), there was a movement afoot to hold potatoes off the market to address the abysmally low prices of the year.

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The well-being of the 2011 forage crop will depend on whether producers alleviate some of the stresses caused by past management concerns, according to Purdue Extension forage specialist Keith Johnson.

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Most hay producers want to produce hay as profitably as possible. Establishing economic goals is the first step towards profitability. Once goals are established, farmers benefit by developing a management mindset centered on a business approach.

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Forages are a primary energy feed source. From a forage standpoint, as plants mature, fiber increases. Fiber is less digestible than other plant parts and fiber digestibility declines as plants mature.

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