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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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Once I visited the farm of a close friend of mine whom I’ll call John (not his real name). Since John wasn’t at his computer (the usual spot I could find him on a Saturday morning) I went around to the back porch and found him slouched over, holding his head in both hands, gazing at the ground.

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Farming is often characterized as a career for rugged individualists. Nevertheless, more and more farms are run by multiple decision makers.

Having multiple decision makers – such as family, friends, neighbors or strictly business partners – manage a farm requires an understanding of how to operate as a team.

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Twenty-two and one-half percent was once the minimum cost of preserving the top and bottom of haystacks from the elements.

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When you pull up to the Petersen residence in Knoxville, Iowa, you won’t see anything that would lead you to believe that inside this home lives a family that has taken on three types of farming and have found a way to make it all work.

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Forage crops are the staple ingredients of dietary rations fed to ruminant animals. They provide the animal with a large source of dietary fiber, critical for normal rumen function and its associated micro-environment.

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Equipment needs for baled silages are quite simple. Mowers do not need to have conditioning rollers, but mower-conditioners are useful because they concentrate the cut forage into a narrow swath.

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