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  1. Machinery
    I’m trying to decide which rotary rake would fit better with my equipment I’m getting. MF 1376 cutter 10ft cut with 73-42 inch windrow baling with a MF 1840 inline. the 2 rotary rake options best for me and my fields would be between a 11’6 or a 14’7 working width *baling straight alfalfa...
  2. Alfalfa/Hay
    So today I am meeting with my local seed supplier today. Last fall they mixed what was supposed to be an 80% alfalfa 20% timothy mix with fertilizer. We seeded everything as they instructed and had good weather. As the first cut matured, it looks like pure timothy. I had a few small patches of...
  3. Alfalfa/Hay
    What are the options for a field of newly planted Non-RR Alfalfa that has a heavy infiltration of Ragweed? The Alfalfa is about 6” tall and the ragweed is growing fast and is much taller. Would the only option be to brush hog the field to cut down the ragweed for now and then have to bale it...
  4. Weed and Pest Management
    New member and first time posting on this website. I have always gathered a great deal of information from reading past forums/books and listening to the more experienced, so i am all ears and need some help. I bought a small farm that has a 9 acre alfalfa field, with some grass mixed in...
  5. Alfalfa/Hay
    Throwing around the idea of getting a Baler, Planning on planting roughly 10 acres of alfalfa/grass mixture and wanting information opinions on what type of baler would be the best for my operation. I'm wanting to grass feed some cattle for market and I'm wanting to make the the most out of my...
  6. Market Talk
    Anyone seeing sluggish hay sales, particularly in the small squares market? We are located in west central Illinois and comparing with last year at this time, our sales are down 70%. Our main market is small squares and most of our customers are horsey folk. We should have had a few semi loads...
  7. Alfalfa/Hay
    Has anyone tried any of these salt tolerant alfalfa seeds? If so what was the outcome and with what brands? We have a section I wouldn't mind trying something on but wasn't sure how good the seeds are.
  8. Alfalfa/Hay
    Yes, me again. Last year I posted an article (including comments from some of you) regarding how the 2018 hay season had gone. It was one of our most-read articles for the year (Progressive Forage). Mind if I ask you a couple questions about this hay season, to use in another article? Let me...
  9. Alfalfa/Hay
    Hey folks, I recently heard a producer say his lower lignin alfalfa wouldn't crimp but went through the rollers like a wet noodle. He was having a hard time drying it for baling. Anybody else seeing that? Is this a one-off thing (rollers not adjusted right?) or more common? Lynn
  10. Alfalfa/Hay
    Hey guys, I just was looking for some of your opinions on what a metric tonne of high quality timothy and alfalfa should go for for a high end racehorse barn in the U.S.. Looking for a lot of hay for a bigger operation barn to import by the ton and just want to know what a ton of hay goes for...
  11. Alfalfa/Hay
    Looks like I finally have a few days with no rain predicted, but they're saying 25 mph winds for the next two days. What do you think? If I get the hay on the ground today, will the wind blow it into the canyon tomorrow?
  12. Alfalfa/Hay
    Hi, Need help in determining what is standard for new crop share alfalfa lease terms....How many years is standard? Thank You
  13. Alfalfa/Hay
    For those that use a Alfalfa-Winter wheat rotation how long do you usually spend in each section of the rotation. For example: 4 or 5 years alfalfa to 1 year wheat and back to alfalfa?. Additionally, how long do you usually let an alfalfa stand grow for, I know it varies widely depending on the...
  14. Alfalfa/Hay
    I will be running a survey this fall/winter of hay producers. What's something you'd really like to know about how other producers operate? What info would be valuable to you? Lynn
  15. Alfalfa/Hay
    Hello. Thank you for openly sharing great advice and stories of past success / failures on here. I can't tell you how many hours I have spent learning. I have an 18 acre field that has an old stand of alfalfa. The field is laser leveled and flood irrigated. The stand was planted in 2013 and...
  16. Machinery
    I have a market research question for hay producers, particularly those raising hay for horses. We have about 40 acres of alfalfa/orchard grass from which we bale about 10,000 small square bales a year for sale to people with horses (except any bad hay we round bale and feed to the cows). We...
  17. Market Talk
    What would you do if you could glimpse the future of the alfalfa hay market? What if in 2008 you knew the market was going to crash, or at least had some idea it was coming? We personally lost a lot of money in 2008 and again in 2015. Which is why we implemented the same technology that has been...
  18. close Up alfalfa 5-15-17

    Close-up of alfalfa baled on 5-15-17. First cutting of the year.
  19. First cutting alfalfa 5-15-17

    First cutting of alfalfa small squares 5-15-17. This is a 12 acre field. Only 80 acres or so left for first cutting of alfalfa--weather permitting.
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