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Alfalfa is the third most valuable field crop produced in the U.S., valued at over $9.3 billion, $1.2 billion more than wheat, according to 2017 figures recently released by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). “Alfalfa needs to take its rightful position alongside corn, soybean, wheat, cotton and rice, which are often referred to as the “big five,” said Beth Nelson, president of the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA).

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Late winter and early spring are the primary times when brown root rot, also known as snow mold, may be damaging northern New York alfalfa, a highly valued forage crop for dairy cows and other livestock.

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And just when ag equipment sales had begun to turn around …

President Trump tweeted in early March that “trade wars are good and easy to win. But every war has casualties,” regarding a proposed 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent tax on imported aluminum. 

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In terms of total annual value to U.S. crop producers, hay remains third (behind corn and soybeans) despite three years of lower prices and declining dry hay acreage. What will 2018 bring?

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Vermeer launches first self-propelled round baler

Vermeer introduces the world’s first self-propelled round baler. Unveiled at Husker Harvest Days, the prototype ZR5 self-propelled baler promises to make quick work of any field while offering unprecedented ride quality and maneuverability.

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