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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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Recently, I experienced an unusual situation with a ’98 Dodge Cummins farm and ranch pickup. My son and I were hauling materials to a fence project when a loud howling noise came from the engine compartment.

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In 1954, my grandfather bought a new International pickup truck to be used on the family farm. It was a unique green color and had all of the traditional features expected in a working farm truck.

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In ordinary times, dairy farms would only apply manures to alfalfa fields before they were seeded to build fertility and then rely on commercial fertilizers, when needed, for annual top-dressing.

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Tires are engineered differently for tractors, harvesters, implements, trucks and cars, but each tire has one thing in common: They cannot work properly without the correct inflation pressure. Yes, tires are engineered to develop traction in dry and wet soils, provide a smooth ride and stop your vehicle, but their most important function is to the contain the inflation pressure, which carries the load.

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“Alexa, order me a pizza and find me a custom harvester.” Alexa, the voice-controlled virtual assistant created by Amazon, has skills. It’s entertaining, can play Jeopardy with you and can definitely order a pizza, but it likely won’t find you a custom harvester (not yet, anyway).

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If you buy a $90,000 30-foot-wide no-till drill, 95 percent of your neighboring farmers will call you crazy – a few cards shy of a full deck, a few bricks short of a full load, half a bubble off plumb.

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