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Organic Weed Control Methods to Start This Fall

Farmers can have a hard time dealing with Mother Nature’s fickle whims. She doles out everything from heavy rains, to droughts, to crop strangling weeds. She can be especially had to deal with for organic farmers, since they can’t use chemical weed killers. But that doesn’t mean they have to stand back and watch as weed infestations wipe out an entire crop. Rotate, Rotate and Rotate Weeds grow fast and many of them are perennials, which means they come back year after [...]

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Tips for Getting Your Equipment Through Harvest Season

You spend months working toward the harvest, but when the time comes, do you feel prepared? We’ve got a few industry pointers for getting your equipment through the harvest season without any hassles. It’s not too early (or too late) to prepare your equipment for a plentiful harvest! Preparing Your Equipment for Harvest Season No matter if you’re using tractors, plows, drills, or another type of harvesting machinery, broken equipment can set you way back. You should spend some time preparing machinery to take on [...]

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Hay Feeders: How to Reduce Wastage

Hay wastage accounts for more than 3 billion dollars lost by U.S. farmers every year. This amount does not even include the further losses bound to happen during the storing and moving processes. With hay scarcity at a high this year, it’s important to do everything you can to waste as little as possible. Hay loss occurs when animals trample or defecate on the hay. Hay can also physically and chemically deteriorate with age. Sometimes animals plain refuse to eat it at all. [...]

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5 Tips for How to Choose a Tractor for Your Farm

Many farmers, ranchers and landowners find it hard to choose when buying a tractor. There are simply too many options to choose from. Yet, it would be harder to run your farm without one. Fortunately, we have some tips you can use to find the right one. A good John Deere tractor will boost the overall productivity of your farm. For instance, it will help with plowing, digging, hauling, and tilling. It also helps with routine lawn care. Moreover, these tractors will be comfortable [...]

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The Ultimate Guide to Raising Beef Cattle

In recent decades, the raising and treatment of beef cattle have generated controversy and been looked upon with intense scrutiny. Many people are angry with the restaurant industry and disgusted by the concept of factory farms. This is where you come in: the small-time dairy farmer, the humane, hard-working farmer that most Americans cheer for. The truth is though, it’s way too easy to count chickens before they hatch, or in this case, cows, and raising beef cattle is harder than [...]

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What You Need to Know About Farm Safety

You may not realize it, but farming can be a dangerous occupation. The annual injury and death rates compete with tough jobs such as military service. And as such, you must apply the right farm safety tips in order to avoid serious injury. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) believes agricultural safety can aid in the well-being of farmers. Taking precautions can prevent serious and fatal accidents and ensure the safe use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Moreover, it prevents the loss of income caused [...]

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Hay: What’s Best for Your Cattle’s Health?

The cattle industry has a long history in the United States and remains very popular. In fact, the cattle population in 2016 was over 980 million! Caring for cattle involves many details–most importantly ensuring you always have enough food on hand. If you’re preparing to enter the ranching game or want to reevaluate your current feeding routine, keep on reading. In this post, you’ll learn about what hay is best for your livestock. Available Hay Types There are two main categories of hay: grass [...]

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Tips for Herding Cattle Easily and Safely

Did you know there are 93.5 million cattle in the United States? With projected cattle demand high for 2018, it’s more important than ever to keep your herd healthy and safe. Whether your operation is large or small, herding cattle is no doubt a regular part of your routine. Here are some tips to improve the ease and safety of moving your cattle. 1. Think Like a Bovine If you want to herd cattle effectively, you must first understand how they think. Humans are predatory, meaning we instinctively [...]

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How to Avoid Summer Hay Fires

Yes, it’s that time of year to start preparing for fire hazards in the hot, dry climate of the Midwest. With just the smallest spark and a bit of wind, a small flame can turn into a blazing fire before you know it. This is why you need to take certain precautions with easily flammable items on your property, particularly with your summer hay. Let’s discuss exactly how you can avoid hay baler fires so you won’t put yourself or your neighbors [...]

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Cool Barns and Other Ways to Help Your Cattle Beat the Summer Heat

If you’re one of the more than 2 million farmers in the United States, it’s likely you’re always on the look out for ways to better run your farm. Just like people, cattle suffer effects from overexposure to heat, including stress and death. So keeping your cattle cool is a legitimate concern if you live in warmer areas. Luckily, several options, like cool barns, exist for keeping your cattle happy during the hot summer months. Here are some helpful tips. Provide Ample, Cool Water One of [...]

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