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Forage Production

Whether you graze, chop, ensile, bag or bale forage, we offer practical information for your hay, silage and pasture needs.

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Hay crops in many ways are a unique crop to market.

The demand for hay in the winter is very closely tied to the past summer’s production and supporting weather. This alone does not make it much different than most grain crops and their markets. But it is here that the similarities end.

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When the words “Kentucky” and “agriculture” are in the same sentence, pictures of rolling pastures filled with horses generally come to mind.

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How did your 2009 forage season end up?
“Most growers in our area find putting high-quality hay up on a consistent basis to be the toughest thing we face when raising crops.

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 Good stand establishment is essential to optimizing the production potential of forage.

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Since alfalfa has a high demand for nutrients compared to other crops, nutrient management is a critical aspect of successful alfalfa crop management.

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Seed quality components
Forage seed quality depends on three key components: germination, genetic purity, and crop purity. The importance of each is described below.

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