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Not all hay comes from the field. Sometimes it’s in a bag
In some areas of the country, good alfalfa hay is hard to come by and even harder to afford. Feeding a product called chaffhaye is an alternative to rounding up hay bales. Chaffhaye is green-...
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If you can't avoid the moisture, there are ways to manage wet hay and preserve your crop
As the saying goes, make hay while the sun shines. But there is always the chance that rain will disrupt the process. Dan Undersander is an extension forage specialist at the University of...
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A safe ride helps ensure a good time
I love hayrack rides, especially in the fall when the owners of a nearby apple orchard give delightful tours of their farm on the way to the pumpkin patch. Farm Safety Specialist Bobby Grisso at...
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Somehow, somewhere, Bob found more hay to bale and a corner of the barn to house it. Besides a fourth cutting of alfalfa at our place, which was green, wet, and heavy when stacked in the barn (we...
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Bob finished plugging every nook and cranny of the hayloft on August 13th (above). It was our 32nd wedding anniversary, so I remember the date. Last week he baled the west half of the pasture...
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When horses eat their hay slowly, they're healthier and happier
Horses out on pasture will often spend over 14-hours grazing every day. Horses housed in stalls are fed two large meals each day with limited opportunity to forage. Krishona Martinson is an...
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Hay stored in wet condition can be a hazard.
Rain is a needed ingredient for growing crops. However, frequent rains are a challenge for hay producers planning to mow, bale and store hay. Denise Schwab, beef program specialist with Iowa State...
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Bob cut the alfalfa on the last day of May. It was way past full bloom and weedy, but a wet spring left him no choice in timing. In fact, the weather forcast is now calling for storms tomorrow,...
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This free app provides hay prices, market information and assists in the buying and selling process.
Farmers and landowners can get help identifying the price of hay, and/or negotiate the sale or purchase of standing hay through a new smartphone app that can quickly find hay price information. Users...
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When the time is right for making hay, you want everything ready to go
Those who make hay know to do it when the sun shines. Sometimes it’s a very narrow window of opportunity, so the last thing you want is downtime because the machinery isn’t cooperating....

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