Tag Archive for forage

Bad Monday, Better Tuesday (so far)

Monday wasn’t the best day for our farm, at least as far as the spring forage harvest is concerned.  We were able to chop, haul, and pack 16 loads of oat silage yesterday with no problems save a couple of minor chain issues and a flat tire on the …

Spring Harvest Update

the hay conditioner (foreground) cuts and crushes the rye before it ischopped by the forage harvester (background)We started harvesting our spring forages this week.  Harvesting is pretty labor-intensive,  as it involves cutting the crop…

Forage Thinking

My dad and I made a quick swing around the farm yesterday to check the progress of our various spring forages.  The result: time to get the harvesting equipment ready.  It would be ideal if we could start the harvest this week, but that’s unl…

Cows, grass, old tractors, etc.

As March draws to a close, the grass continues to grow, and my father and I have less out-of-town meetings to attend, the activity on our farm should really start picking up.  That’s not to say we’ve just been sitting around the last few weeks, be…

Looking pretty green around here!

We couldn’t hardly have asked for more favorable weather over the past three weeks, and most of our farm is turning a nice deep shade of green.  Generally mild temperatures and well-timed rains have helped our fescue pastures and our fields of spr…

Update: Cows are back on track!

It’s been a little bit since I blogged about our cows and how they have been doing, so I thought I would take this chance to post an update.  Well as you read in CSI: Dairy Farm Investigation, we had a little bump in the road.  After that pos…

We’re still here and busy as ever

After a six week hiatus, I’m finally back on the blog to let you know what’s been happening around here. It’s been busy, of course, but we really haven’t worked on what I would call any “major” projects on the farm. We didn’t finish drilling seed int…

Busy times on and off the farm

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve blogged, so here is a quick entry to catch you up to speed with what’s been happening.I took a little break from farming a few days ago to spend a long weekend in St. Louis with other members of the AFBF YF&R …

Making progress

It’s been a good week on the dairy farm, and we’ve made some progress on several fronts.We are finally having more cows freshen than the are drying off, so our milking herd size is beginning to increase. Milk production (per cow) is also continuing to…