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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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“Weevils and aphids rank among the biggest pests we face on a regular basis.

We spend quite a bit of time monitoring for these problems and then spray when they reach a certain point.

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Define the problem
Wheel traffic is a common problem in the modern culture of forage production. Over the years, the equipment used to cut, rake, bale and remove hay from the field has changed dramatically as mechanization has reduced the requirement for arduous hand labor.

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Last issue we discussed the need to take oil samples in order to know how often your machines need an oil change.

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Nick Robbins, a welder from Buhl, Idaho, says he heard about how hay haulers, dealers and producers use hand probes to test the moisture content of hay bales. They stick the bale once and move on.

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“I think getting it here would be a great thing for the industry. We need it for producers to be able to hit that premium market with new stands of hay.

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Q. How did the Colorado Hay and Forage Association get started?
The association started several years ago with a few producers and brokers coming together to try and find a better way to market and represent Colorado hay to potential buyers throughout the intermountain West.

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