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Take a peek inside exemplary operations around North America in our videos and slideshows. Also, discover best practices for your farm from industry experts with our multimedia features.

Jim Russell of Russell Hay & Sprig Farm Inc.

Each year, we analyze our top online articles to see what readers are looking for. Sometimes we’re surprised (a little) to see what articles drive the most traffic, but it’s always fun to look back and see what readers found most interesting. Check out this 2019 list (compiled from Oct. 1, 2018, to Oct. 1, 2019) in case you missed any of these stories; do any of them surprise you?

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131 million – that’s 131 million tons. And that’s roughly the weight of 4,367 school buses, which is how much dry hay was harvested in the U.S. in 2017. Add to that corn silage and greenchop, and the forage total would reach the weight of over 8,392 school buses (at 30,000 pounds apiece).

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A plungerless baler, on-the-fly bale monitoring for small balers, tedder/fluffer modifications, bale wagon strapper, improved hay loading equipment … basically, if a piece of equipment sits at Randi B Farm very long, it will never be safe from tinkering. It’s going to be tweaked and improved. That’s a fact.

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Stoltzfus Hay Farm started with only 16 acres of hay and borrowed equipment, but grew into a diverse business that supports two generations. This is a classic story of a father mentoring and transitioning his hay business to his sons.

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When forage yield is higher than expected or yields are at a lower quality than expected, storing forages like silage or haylage could require using a temporary location, especially when trying to segregate forages by quality.

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