Twenty-six new or redesigned forage planting, harvesting and handling machines are a part of 15 equipment manufacturers’ lineups for 2013. Here are short rundowns of what’s new and how they could fit into growers’ operations.
A machine that adds moisture to hay at baling “truly changed the whole game in our hay operation,” says Ryan Schwebach, a McIntosh, NM, alfalfa grower who used the DewPoint 6110 this past growing season....More
New ways to improve the feed value of corn silage and corn stover will be detailed at the Jan. 22-23 Midwest Forage Association (MFA), Wisconsin Custom Operators (WCO) and Professional Nutrient Applicators (PNA) Symposium and annual meetings....More
Custom harvesters continue to ask Congress for a legislative fix that will allow them to haul more diesel fuel on Class A Commercial Drivers Licenses – without having to request Hazardous Material (HazMat) endorsements....More
Whether your crews harvest forages or grain, they all welcome food that looks good and tastes better. So Hay & Forage Growerasked for advice from the ultimate eating-on-the-run experts – grain-harvest members of U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc...More
Two new forage bagging machines will be hitting the market this season, filling a need for mid-size units, according to the companies involved.
Ag Bag, a division of Miller, St. Nazianz, WI, will introduce its MX1012 for the fall silage season. Pacbag, based in Astoria, OR, will come out with five of its Track-Pack silage baggers about the same time....More
To keep rural roads in running condition, farmers, custom forage operators and custom manure applicators should join forces with local government and industry.
So says Kevin Erb, conservation professional development and training coordinator for University of Wisconsin Extension. He recently studied the effects of large ag equipment on rural roads....More
Storing silage in bunkers or piles – while maintaining high quality with little waste at feedout – is an art involving some mathematics, says Brian Holmes, University of Wisconsin biological systems engineer....More
Brock Tibbetts and a few of his friends spend time driving in the western Montana mountains every summer.
They travel there from eastern Montana to chop oats, triticale and other mostly annual forages for about 10 beef producers. Most of the work is on flatlands, but some requires driving up and down Rocky Mountain foothills....More
If you’re in the market for a large square baler, the newest machines and latest upgrades are available from several manufacturers – or on the way. Custom harvesters and commercial growers have been asking for increased capacity and durability, plus simple designs. Here’s what they’re getting in 2012 – and beyond....More
One of Jon Orr’s dairy clients hopes to see less ash in his forage this season, in part because Orr traded his 10-year-old rake in for an H&S merger.
Orr, a custom harvester from Apple Creek, OH, is more skeptical....More
Farm machinery manufacturers are throwing out a new word that will mean good things for machine operators: improved machine reliability and improved troubleshooting. And that potentially could mean less downtime.
What is ISOBUS and how will it affect a farm’s day-to-day operations?...More
Reduced funding for a critical federal government program has in turn reduced the amount of money received by Bruce Nelson and other corn growers supplying stover to Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels’ Project Liberty in Emmetsburg, IA....More
The fate of a dairy’s forage quality is literally in the hands of the custom forage harvester hired to cut the crop, said Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois emeritus dairy nutritionist. So they better get it right, he added....More
Spending eight to 10 or 12 hours chopping hay or silage corn can get old pretty fast, according to custom forage harvesters randomly polled at the U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc. annual meeting in March....More
Custom harvesters should have Penn State Forage Particle Separators, or shaker boxes, available for particle-size analyses – even if their clients don’t, suggested Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois dairy nutritionist....More
After doubling chopping capacity and nearly maxing out packing-tractor weights, the men at Kutz Dairy, Jefferson, WI, have been looking for other tools to increase silage density.
They found two pull-behind silage packers. One is the Impact Silage Packer, which has been on the market for a year and a half and distributed in the U.S. by Agromatic, Inc., Fond du Lac, WI....More
High-horsepower forage harvesters have drastically shortened the time needed to get silage corn and haylage off the field. But time is exactly what’s lacking in packing, said University of Wisconsin ag engineer Brian Holmes....More