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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’s a two-bucket gal? A two-bucket gal is a woman who can do two or more things at once: helping on the farm, no matter what the job; wash the family’s greasy clothes; have lunches ready; run the tractor, grain cart or whatever needs running; manage the house; and be the glue of the family.

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Larry and Sandra James know what kind of quality horse owners look for in hay. The couple, living just outside Tyler, Texas on Winona Lakes Ranch, keep as many as 14 of their own horses the majority of the time.

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One thing I know all too well: There is never a good time to lose your father. No matter how old or ill he may become, it is a difficult time.

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A Kansas family talks about 60-year-old custom harvesting practices that make them profitable.

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As a cash crop, the value of all dry hay harvested in 2015 was estimated at $16.84 billion, trailing only corn ($49.04 billion) and soybeans ($34.54 billion).

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Wade Hill is a forage producer in Danville, Alabama. His main hay marketing focus is for the horse industry, although he also sells hay to cattle producers on a limited basis. In addition to off-farm sales, Hill produces forages for his own livestock – horses, cattle and swine.

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