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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 main purpose for irrigating is to supply needed water for crops.

Plant growth is dependent on photosynthesis. While the plant exchanges gases with the air for photosynthesis, some water evaporates. Water is taken up from the soil by plant roots to replace this water. The water leaving the plant is called transpiration.

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An interview with Glenn Shewmaker, Forage Extension Specialist, University of Idaho

Q. What is your background in forages?

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What crops gain the most with alfalfa rotations?
“We are primarily in dry-land country, so we use alfalfa in rotation with our wheat acres. It has been great as a soil-builder in addition to providing cheap nitrogen.

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Gary Vermeer, founder and chairman emeritus of Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa, died February 2 at the Comfort House of Pella. He was 90 years old.

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Thinking ahead will almost always save time and money, especially when making a long-term commitment to grow a hay crop.

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Men and women who harvest forage crops need to follow the weather predictions closely, especially when there is a shift to the “chance of showers” weather pattern.

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