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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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In a Montana town with about 200 residents, the last thing anyone would expect is one of the biggest tourism events for the state – but the annual “What the Hay” competition that has been held for more than 20 years draws just as many visitors as Yellowstone National Park does in a day.

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The first frost of the autumn generally brings a flurry of forage- related questions. These questions usually center on three general topics:

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Consistently producing a quality product is the first step in developing any strong market network. Bryan Jorgensen, who farms with his family at Winner, South Dakota, has found that even the stem quality of his alfalfa has improved since he began using liquid plant food on his alfalfa fields in lieu of standard fertilizer.

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“Because we have adequate pasture for the number of head we run, I have to watch for the grass getting ahead of me. Pinkeye can become a problem if we don’t keep the herd on top of the grass, so rotating frequently is important to us.”

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Dairy farmer Anthony Marco was compressing a long row of chopped hay beneath his tractor two weeks ago, preparing it as winter feed for his cows, when the 4-ton machine suddenly toppled over as he drove it along the pile's steep sides.

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Fall is a season for planting small grains, annual ryegrass, tall fescue, annual clovers, perennial clovers and alfalfa. This article will provide an overview of various fall forage species.

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