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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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Developing a fair and equitable method of charging for custom harvesting forage has long been a popular point of discussion. Most operations charge clients on a per-ton, per-hour or per-acre basis.

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Bunkers and trenches are among the most popular silage storage structures in large dairies and feedlots due to their economic attractiveness.

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Over the last few years there has been some increasing interest in custom feed and forage production.

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One thing some farmers do well is preparation for harvest. My father was a small farmer that had as many as 300 acres at one time.

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The following is an excerpt from Genevieve Christ's blog, PAfarmgirl. Christ is a Penn State Cooperative Extension agronomist in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and blogs about agricultural issues.

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University of Illinois Extension educator Jim Morrison recommends establishing alfalfa fields with six to eight inches growth before a killing frost occurs. The following advice was provided in a August 5 news release from the University of Illinois Extension:

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