A behind-the-scenes look at how a custom forage harvester and a California farm advisor conducted their own “Chopper Challenge,” gained equipment company cooperation and worked to provide accurate results is in the April issue of Hay & Forage Grower. It’s called “Harvesters Go Head-To-Head In First Chopper Challenge.”

The issue, which circulates to custom harvesters from around the country, can be accessed online as a digital version or a text version .

A related equipment story, “High-Class Harvester,” announces a new forage harvester brand introduced in Europe that may also become available to U.S. growers. Two other stories introduce a baler-mounted microwave moisture tester as well as a windrow merger that will be available to growers in 2012.

If you want to know the latest custom rates, check out the story, “How Do Your Custom Fees Compare?” For a report on the dairy industry, visit “Better Times Ahead For Dairy”. There’s a story quoting Pioneer nutritionist Bill Mahanna on “Harvesting Snaplage Successfully,” and, for all who are cutting down on calories, a story on “Eating Healthy On The Go”.

We hope you enjoy reading this new issue. Let us know what you think of our coverage using the “Add New Comment” below each story. Or email us at hfg@hayandforage.com. We’re interested in what you think.