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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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The 2019 growing season will be remembered as one of the most challenging on record. It was cold, wet and frustrating. But while farmers and consultants were thinking about what was going on above ground, I couldn’t help but get wrapped up in what must be going on below the soil surface.

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Economics for the new decade – what can we expect? Which way is the wind blowing?

Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus with agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech, presented a PDPW webinar and said we’ll see more change in the next decade ahead than we’ve seen in the last 70 years.

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All you need to know about the 2019 forage crop is in the silage pile. Under the plastic on many dairy farms, the current forage supplies may be the outcome of last year’s havoc-filled spring and fall.

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Each year I consult with several different producers regarding mineral issues in their feed. Some common things I hear are: “They just aren’t thrifty,” “They aren’t gaining like they should,” or, “We had more open cows than I was expecting.”

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The historically traditional farm in Kentucky consisted of 2 acres of tobacco for cash (the amount that could be feasibly farmed using only family labor), a pig, a cow or two, chickens and a garden.

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Custom grazing takes a unique set of skills and brings new challenges, but it’s the way Dr. Jason Salchow with his wife, Sharon, and their family have built a successful business grazing stockers and seedstock bulls in southwestern Missouri.

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