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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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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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Recently a Pennsylvania farm worker was killed while collecting a silage sample. He was doing his normal sampling procedure by walking to the face of the silage and getting a sample for the dairy nutritionist and sales representative.

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Hay is the most popular method for storing alfalfa because it stores well for long periods and is better suited to cash sale and transportation than silage. However, silage may be a suitable option when or where hay curing is difficult.

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Alfalfa has a growing season that extends from the last freeze in the spring to the first freeze in the autumn.

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