Progressive Forage Feed
Understanding your forage analysis: Value ranges and definitions
Problem: You’re frustrated – you send hay samples to multiple labs and the variability between them is high. What gives?
Yes, variability among labs exists; no one denies that. Before we lay blame on the lab, however, let’s make sure you understand the analysis.
Decreasing the variability in hay tests
You say you have Supreme hay and want top dollar for it. The buyers say, “Prove it,” because they aren’t paying a dime more than they have to. And that’s when your expertise at choosing a lab and taking hay samples really affects outcome. If you “do it right,” you can indeed prove its value.
The financial side of worker’s compensation
A fundamental goal to a successful harvest season is that “everyone goes home at the end of the day – whole, healthy and ideally in better shape and condition than at the start of their work day.” There is also a very real financial side to a successful and safe harvest. Prevention of accidents and their resultant injury and illness reduces your annual worker’s compensation bill.
Hiring and keeping the right employees
Employee work ethics can result in either profit or loss for the forage grower, so it is wise to devote ample time to personnel management. You don’t want an inferior employee operating a $50,000 round baler.
Cutting to the chase: Mower options
The growing, harvesting and storage of high-quality forage is often considered an artwork – the meticulous time spent perfecting fertility levels, cutting at the peak time, drying to appropriate moisture, gathering into a flawless package and storing in a prime location.
Planning next year’s forages
It is often overwhelming to know where to begin when it comes to forage production. Do I spray for weeds? Do I replant? Do I graze what forage is already there? How do I get to that perfectly lush, green pasture like my neighbor?