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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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It is often overwhelming to know where to begin when it comes to forage production. Do I spray for weeds? Do I replant? Do I graze what forage is already there? How do I get to that perfectly lush, green pasture like my neighbor?

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The growing, harvesting and storage of high-quality forage is often considered an artwork – the meticulous time spent perfecting fertility levels, cutting at the peak time, drying to appropriate moisture, gathering into a flawless package and storing in a prime location.

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A fundamental goal to a successful harvest season is that “everyone goes home at the end of the day – whole, healthy and ideally in better shape and condition than at the start of their work day.” There is also a very real financial side to a successful and safe harvest. Prevention of accidents and their resultant injury and illness reduces your annual worker’s compensation bill.

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Recordkeeping – the term conjures up hours of office work and data entry. It’s the nemesis of many a productive farmer, a nightmare of paperwork and frustrating computer programs.

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Over the course of the last year, the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee gradually raised the interest rate on overnight deposits (the discount rate) from 1 percent at the end of 2016 to 1.75 percent at the end of 2017.

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As we enter the new year, many of you have set resolutions you hope to keep throughout the year – but may have broken them by the time you read this article.

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