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