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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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This article is not legal advice.

As summer slowly fades to fall, some harvesters may have already swathed and baled hay – and unfortunately, customers might not have paid for these services.

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To bring added value to a hamburger, you might add cheese or barbecue sauce. To bring added value to a dairy, you could expand to make your own yogurt. To bring added value to a ranch, you could offer hunting licenses or agritourism.

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The hay dog may be a small part on your baler, but the hay dog plays a critical role in the proper operation of a square baler. A hay dog, when operating as designed, serves to hold the hay in place when the plunger returns to the front of the baler.

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A new kind of silage bagger is in development that could be a game changer for the forage market.

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Forage testing is done to estimate the intake and performance by livestock. Low-quality hay does not allow a high-producing animal to consume enough digestible energy to be highly productive.

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Producers can find value in evaluating fertilizer input costs and comparing traditional nitrogen sources like urea and ammonium nitrate with popular nontraditional sources such as poultry litter, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.

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