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Forage Types

Hay, silage and pasture is your business, and it's our focus. Take your operation to the next level with the help of our comprehensive and practical information, education and technology about various forage types.

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The impact that wet weather has on your silage dry matter content depends to a great extent on where it’s stored. Tower silos aren’t affected much at all; neither are silage bags as long as you do like many farmers do and fold a hunk of bag plastic over the feeding face.

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High-moisture corn offers growers and feeders several advantages, especially when high feed costs are a major concern. High-moisture corn is a high-energy feed for both dairies and feedlots. There definitely are more advantages than disadvantages for operators who are feeding corn.

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Consistently saturated soils from heavy spring rainfall have taken their toll on some of Indiana's forage crops – especially alfalfa grown on soils that are less than moderately well drained.

Alfalfa samples that Purdue Extension forage specialist Keith Johnson has seen have suffered from too much moisture. "Alfalfa is the most prone to problems," Johnson said. "The plants are yellowing or showing a pea green color, which means soils have been too water-saturated for nitrogen fixation to occur."

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06611_buyingalfalfaDo you remember the first car that you purchased? It was probably nothing fancy but it was fuel efficient, reliable and at the time, was most likely the biggest purchase you had ever made. Of course, the plan was to keep it on the road for as long as possible.

But vehicles age, they get old and tired, and as new cars come on the market that increase fuel efficiency, that original car in the driveway loses gas mileage and shows signs of mechanical problems. At this point, it is time to seriously decide if keeping the car is actually saving you money or if it should be retired for a newer model.

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Spring of 2011 had brought significant challenges to livestock grazing operations. In many areas, 10 to 12 inches of rain fell from April to May, preventing land from drying out during early-spring grazing. And recent snow melts have cause flooding in other areas.

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Ongoing red clover research is showing that, in comparison to alfalfa, red clover can benefit growers and livestock producers in several ways.

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