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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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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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In a state of 10,000 lakes, water law rules the land.

At Stoney Creek Farm, near Redwood, Minnesota, Grant Breitkreutz knows conservation isn’t just good practice;

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For years, Chris Penrose, a producer living in the Appalachian foothills on a “hilly” farm, used his resources from the farm to manage other financial priorities (debt, college, etc.).

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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, planter or whatever needs running; manage the house; and be the glue of the family.

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