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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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The hay is sold, the check is in your hand, and now it’s time to pay the bills. Having money left over means your haying operation is profitable, right? What if you could be making more? Could you just be breaking even? Or are you actually losing money and you just aren’t aware?

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A utility vehicle purchase for your property can make chores a bit easier to tackle, and can help you to simply get around your farm faster. But, with all the options on the market today, it can be an overwhelming task to narrow down your choices. With a little guidance from Kubota – the best-selling diesel utility vehicle manufacturer in North America since 20041 – you will be well on your way to choosing the right vehicle for your property wants and needs.

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“Over the years, one thing I’ve learned is nothing is so valueless as a service already rendered,” said J. David Krekeler, an attorney for almost 40 years with a specialization in debtor/creditor law for most of that time.

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Spring 2019 has been challenging to say the least. Hayfields have disappeared due to winterkill, and small grains matured before we could make hay. Making the forages that you have at the highest quality possible will be key.

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The most fundamental hay and forage fact is that quality losses begin at cutting. It’s impossible to preserve all the quality found in a standing crop. Once mown, the impact of metabolic and weathering losses can significantly impact crop quality.

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Those of you who have followed my articles know that I like to illuminate the complex challenges facing forage and livestock producers. Like you, I would prefer things were simpler, but unfortunately, just the opposite seems to be happening.

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