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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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“My cows have wintered hard this year” is a common complaint heard among many groups of farmers. The cold that fell over many parts of the U.S. this winter was hard on livestock but may have been hard on pastures and hay fields as well. Temperatures dropped to single-digit levels and even below zero in some areas.

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With 2010 firmly behind us, it is time to look ahead to what the new year might bring.

There are many things on our minds this time of year as agriculture producers – keeping hay and feed in front of livestock, keeping water thawed and available, equipment maintenance, taxes and spring.

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Severe winter cold coupled with little or no snow cover can result in poor hay and pasture stands in spring. Plants may be killed or weakened, leaving barren areas in the field or thinning of the stand, depending on the severity of winter injury.

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Dairies in the six western states of California, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah and Arizona produce around 38 percent of the U.S. milk supply. Dairies in these states consume approximately 65 percent of the alfalfa hay produced in the seven western states.

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Forage yield in 2010 was generally average or above average across the Midwest. Good rain occurred over the entire growing season which elevated hay and pasture yield.

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Breeding corn for silage is very much like a conventional program for grain. The goal is to provide products that fit individual’s needs.

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