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Producer Features

We bring you feature articles on successful forage producers and their business models to help you enrich your management style.

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What crops are part of your total forage production?

“Most of our forage production is based in haylage and corn silage which is produced for our dairy cows. We also grow ryelage, wheatlage and sudangrass which is generally used as part of our dry cow and heifer-feeding program.

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For Richard Martin, raising hay is about as easy as falling off a tractor seat
For many producers, it takes a lifetime to figure out what niche they will fill in the vast world of forage production.

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Q. What is your background in the forage industry?

A. I grew up on a dairy farm in central Minnesota.

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What is quality forage production?

“We like to have a nice, green end product that was cut at the right time and stored properly.

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Nearly three years ago, when Travis Armitage, Lynn Sedelbauer and Aaron Kidd came together to form Trinity Farms, the idea was to combine forces to utilize everyone’s strengths.

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Jim Howard of Nebraska is a full-time life insurance salesman and a minister for a small local church. But on the side he puts up prairie hay. “I look to cut hay in places where most people wouldn’t put it up. If I can drive my tractor there, I can put up hay there,” Howard says.

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