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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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Growing your business. What does that mean to you?

It’s not uncommon to think that growing your business means you must sell more products or services or have more customers.

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“Diversify” seems to be a buzzword around agriculture these days. Any commodity conference is bound to have a workshop on the topic. Yet what do they really mean for a forage grower?

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Reinventing a person is hard work – and that’s just one person.

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At face value, Tim Hall of Hall’s Hay in Idalia, Colorado, is a cross between a hay broker and a hay processor. He buys high-quality alfalfa hay from growers in Colorado and Wyoming and packages it into small bales for the retail hay market in the Southeast.

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Some farmers in Pennsylvania and New York grow winter annual small grains for forage before and after corn silage. Producing two crops in succession, or double-cropping, offers multiple benefits such as reducing soil erosion; improving nutrient retention and weed suppression; and enhancing soil structure and biological activity.

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Near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) seems like something out of a science-fiction movie: You can shine a light onto a feed and immediately know the chemical and nutritional make-up.

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