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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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Alfalfa hay and other forage producers often become complacent when they hear the term “risk management.”

Most often this is attributed to the misunderstanding that risk management programs relate only to managing financial risk via future, options, hedging, forward contracting or crop insurance programs.

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Through most of the year, Cranberry Creek Dairy appears to be your average dairy farm with a milking parlor, freestall barns, machine shed and feed storage, but come the first hard frost of the year, some of Santa’s many elves descend on the dairy and convert a couple of the farm buildings into Christmas workshops.

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Are commodity prices changing your operation?
“Since we produce both crops and run a dairy, commodity prices are really starting to cut into our profits.

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Alfalfa quality: The key to marketing a better hay product
Hay is one of the most versatile means to package and sell stored forage for animal feed.

Hay can be kept for long periods of time with little loss of nutrients when protected from weather. Many crops can be hayed successfully. Alfalfa, in particular, has successfully been used for specific ration supplementation and for specific animal markets.

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Follow these tips to prevent fire on your farm:

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A horizontal silo is a storage system where forage is piled in relatively low (i.e., 6 to 20 feet), long piles that might or might not be contained by sidewalls.

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