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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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Since the first small two-wheel-drive tractors were introduced here in the rugged mountain country of central Idaho, we have worked to enhance the traction and lower the center of gravity of our farm and ranch tractors.

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After real estate and livestock, machinery and equipment is most likely your biggest investment. Machinery and equipment replacement can have a heavy impact on your farm’s bottom line.

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Just like skipping to the last half of a book, using laboratory hay quality analysis to make purchasing decisions doesn’t give you the full story.

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The last time you bought a bag of lawn seed, did you examine the small print that lists the forage species and cultivars? Or when you purchased perennial seed to renovate a pasture, did you carefully note the species listed for each commercial seed mix?

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If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then spending a little time on forage harvester maintenance this winter will pay off handsomely come next season. A well-tuned self-propelled harvester will result in fewer repairs, less downtime, better forage quality and fuel savings.

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The subject of forage quality and its relationship to cow health and milk yield is a fascinating, yet highly complex subject. In the Midwest, Northeast, and West, dairy forages are primarily alfalfa and corn silage; Other crops, such as pea and oat mixtures, also play a role. Grass forages, including the various sorghums, play a larger role in more southern areas where it is difficult to grow alfalfa. What are the factors involved in producing high quality forage? One factor that should not be overlooked is fertilizer and soil fertility.

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