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Bud crushing and compaction: Forgotten costs of the big iron syndrome
Something stirs inside a man to use large tillage or hay and forage harvesting equipment. It’s a feeling of controllable power. One person can manage an incredible amount of work from the best equipment the world has ever known.
In the grand scheme of things, seed is cheap
Many forage growers have recently had “sticker shock” at their ag-supplier’s counter. The best varieties are considerably more expensive than what most growers have grown accustomed to paying. Consequently, some forage growers have been tempted to either use inferior varieties or substantially reduce seeding rates in the superior varieties to save on seed costs during establishment. But, there is a difference between cutting costs and cutting corners.
Household expenses vs. farm expenses: Which usually wins?
Finances in a farm family are a revolving battle between using the money to replace the rickety old washing machine you’ve had since the ’90s or replace what’s soon to become a one-wire fence.
Managing risks: A focus on decision quality
Risk management is a necessary but sometimes frustrating activity. Good risk management decisions can result in bad outcomes due to the uncertainty involved.
Ordering corn hybrids for silage
A farmer has hundreds of corn hybrids from which to choose, and those are just the ones within the relative maturity (RM) range appropriate for where he or she farms. An acceptable range in maturity is usually about 10 days of RM – for instance, a range of 100 to 110 days RM.
Building pasture one grazier at a time
Good fences make good neighbors, but they also can lead to a good contracted grazing setup. New farmer Amy Fenn is using contracted grazing for her neighbor Christopher Baird in southwest Wisconsin.