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
The annual joint symposium of the Midwest Forage Association (MFA), Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin (PNAAW) and Wisconsin Custom Operators (WCO) is scheduled for Jan. 24-25 at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
Billed by organizers as offering “some of the latest and most relevant forage-related educational sessions the Midwest has to offer,” the event will feature a lineup of speakers from major universities, industry, government agencies and production agriculture....More
Growers, custom operators and other ag businesses are closer to each being able to haul up to 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel at a time without having to get a Hazardous Materials endorsement (HazMat). Two bills asking to ease diesel-fuel hauling restrictions are now before Congress...More
The knives on self-propelled choppers are of higher-quality materials than they used to be and don’t need to be sharpened as often, according to a study by Karl Wild, University of Applied Sciences, Dresden, Germany...More
Except for high-fuel-price years, Kansas custom rates generally increase 1-2% annually and are fairly consistent with inflation rates. Historical data, from 1990 to 2009, proves it, says Kevin Dhuyvetter, Extension ag economist with Kansas State University...More
Custom forage harvesting rates rose slightly across the country from 2009 to 2010. Here’s a rundown of what several states are reporting for average baling and silage harvest rates, assuming fuel prices ranging from $2.25 to $2.73/gallon....More
With the 2011 harvest season just around the corner in many parts of the country, custom forage harvesters are likely to find many of their dairy-producer customers a bit more upbeat than they were a year ago....More
A forage harvester’s operating efficiency is largely determined by its length of cut. That’s the main thing he learned from a self-propelled chopper competition held near Bakersfield, CA, last July. The four self-propelled harvester brands – Claas, John Deere, Krone and New Holland – competed in a Chopper Challenge...More