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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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Quality silage comes from good crops being stored quickly and packed tight. Think about what would happen if your truck that hauls the silage from the field won’t unload. How long would it take you to unload by hand?

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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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