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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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On Wednesday, Nov. 3, Jeremy Peake of Waukon, Iowa, hosted the last pasture walk of the season for the Northeast Iowa Grazers. He has been milking since 2001 and transitioned to organic in 2006 with 36 Jerseys milking.

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High fertilizer prices for a few years were followed by a wet fall and a late harvest last year. All this resulted in many fields' not receiving all the phosphorus and potassium needed to maintain optimum test levels.

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Though heavy equipment is the main cause of deep compaction, said Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois Extension agronomist, large tractors are usually needed to help relieve compaction by pulling implements that penetrate soil into the deeper, compacted zones.

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No-till seeding of forage grasses and legumes can be successful and has become an accepted practice according to John Hobbs, an agriculture and rural development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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Thought about the hoses connected to your farm equipment? If not, you should, a Purdue University specialist advises.

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Unless farmers want to chance reduced yields, they should probably stick with inoculating their clover seed themselves, according to a Texas AgriLife Research forage scientist.

"Or they should realize that they'll need to plant the coated seed at a higher rate per acre to get the same yields," said Dr. Gerald Evers, AgriLife Research forage management expert.

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