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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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“Alex, I sent an e-mail to the senator like you’ve been bugging me to do. It won’t do any good but maybe it will get you off my back.”

This was the communication Alex McGregor received from one of his grower colleagues awhile back.

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For more than 25 years many forage producers have been successful in no-till seeding small-seeded crops. In recent years with the introduction of more no-till drills, more and more producers are adopting no-till as the preferred method of forage crop establishment.

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Whether it is a conscious action or not, we are all engaged in risk management planning. Prepaying for seed and fertilizer, planning crop rotations, farming in multiple locations and signing up for crop/farm insurance are all considered risk management activities.

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In most instances, taking over a few distressed pivots and accompanying rangeland in the middle of nowhere wouldn’t exactly be considered a good idea.

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To compare tons of forage chopped per hour and tons of forage chopped per gallon of fuel, a new John Deere 7950 and a chopper from a leading competitor roared into a field on the De Jager Farms South dairy in Merced, California, on May 12.

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