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ISSUE DATE: 09/23/2013

Efficiency is important to hay grinder

By Jennifer Carrico

Efficiency is a word any business owner is constantly working toward, including hay grinding business owner Rick Jackson.

Jackson started his business in south central Iowa nearly nine years ago. He knew getting into the business he would have to work to make his hay grinders more efficient in order to be successful.

“Efficiency is the name of the game for me. The more hay and forage we can grind in a day, the more customers we can serve and the more successful and profitable our business will be,” he said.

His business—South Central Hay Grinding—started with one hay grinding machine and now consists of four, which are a self-contained truck unit. He has two grinders based out of his farm near Weldon, Iowa, and another two in the Corning, Iowa, area to service customers in Iowa and Missouri, mostly beef cattle producers.

“Some customers may only grind twice per year, while we grind for some once per week,” Jackson said. “No matter what the size of the operation, we want to provide the best result for all of them.”


NEWS

2 Kansas listeria victims sue over tainted fruit
ARS selects 3 researchers for Science Hall of Fame
Blogs highlight need for safety on roadways
Changes planned for Rural Development eligible areas for housing programs
Colorado flooding affecting agriculture as well
Data transfer needs to be automatic and simple
Debate on nutrition section of stalled farm bill resumes
Farm transition workshop planned
Getting stuck can bog down safety
Kansas puts rules to boost scale accuracy on hold
Kansas puts rules to boost scale accuracy on hold
Locals scoff at criticism of Kansas' scenery
McPherson Scottish Festival to celebrate 20 years
Rain brings relief to N.M. farmers
Support available to aid Kansas woodlands, windbreaks
UNI wants students to know who grows their food
UNL website helps business owners understand Affordable Care Act
USDA 2013 food assistance programs to benefit more than 10.5M worldwide
USDA supports small and emerging rural Kansas businesses
USDA supports small and emerging rural Kansas businesses

CROPS

100-bushel fever: Arkansas soybean grower becomes 3rd in state to break barrier
AgriLife Extension hires new agent for Oldham County
BarnFest 2013 to be held in Marion County
Beginning Farmer/Rancher call to focus on pricing and selling in local food markets
Board Leadership Series planned for October
Chinese ag leaders sign commitments to buy $2.8B worth of U.S. soy
Collecting and analyzing yield data is important at harvest time
Consider desiccating sunflower crop
EPA announces August biodiesel production figures
Expansion planned for 2013 Tulsa Farm Show
Extension hosts cotton trial tours
Extension offers ag events
Extension to host Fall Fling
Flies: The insects that love us to death
Following a pesticide away from the field
Former secretaries of agriculture to share the stage at Oct. 21 Landon Lecture
Groups seek nominations for conservation awards
Innovative project seeks to document the lives of women in agriculture
Kansas Rural Center conference to focus on 'Farming as if People Matter'
Measure harvest losses
Missouri Department of Agriculture warns against chemical scam
Missouri sets drought record in August
Nebraska Wheat Board reelects Johnson as chairman
New award to honor community collaborators
New-crop organic corn price targets set
OSU wheat expert backs pounds method for planting winter wheat
Ozark Fall Farmfest set Oct. 4-6
Positive production estimates for upcoming Kansas harvest of corn, grain sorghum
Positive production estimates for upcoming Kansas harvest of corn, grain sorghum
Randall County Ag Show and Crops Tour set for Sept. 24
Research: Intercrop soybeans may offer higher yields, financial boost over double crop soybeans
Sorghum crop tour set for Sept. 25 at Muleshoe
Southwest Kansas college announces plans for $4.5M ag center
Study estimates cost for new conservation practice
Survey suggests slowdown in land price increases
Texas Fruit Conference scheduled
U.S. soy demand gets boost from biodiesel
Wild weather will mean lower corn and soybean yields
Wild weather will mean lower corn and soybean yields
Wurdack Research Center to host educational tours
Yarnall receives keys to new truck after record-breaking fundraiser

LIVESTOCK

1 percent is good money spent to protect calves
Agreement reached to improve Iowa's CAFO permit, compliance program
All Around squeeze chutes have many features
Charolais junior national champions named
Commercial cattlemen succeed with Beefmaster bulls
COOL moves forward but debate continues
Entries at Kansas Junior Livestock Show reach 25-year high
Field day for 'Small Ruminants on Limited Acreage' is Sept. 28
GKB Cattle donates heifer to benefit Hereford youth
Green's Welding features all metal feed bunks
ISU veterinary researchers develop new test to detect PEDV antibodies
July pork exports rise; beef exports set 2013 high
MCA calls SB 9 override victory for agriculture
Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference set for Oct. 23-25
Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference set for Oct. 23-25
National Angus Conference and Tour visits New York
NILE seeks parade entries
NMSU Rancher's Roundtable at Corona addresses cattle nutrition
Research shows success with targeted gene editing in dairy cattle
Results announced from National Barrow Show
South 40 Committee created to empower young Beefmaster breeders
Sullivan Farms to donate Shorthorn Foundation heifer
Tips for a successful calf weaning season
Troubled beef plant borrowing $512K to pay bills
USDA to launch new dairy study in 2014
Visit the OCA's Beef Tent while at the Tulsa State Fair
Young feedyards leaders meet in Washington

EDITOR

Agriculture key to American prosperity
Caught in the middle
Certainly uncertain

COLUMNS

Dip in crop prices hurts, too
If we build it in the U.S., will Africans come to buy?
Legends of baseball bring back memories
What we do to improve life for you

MARKETS

Amarillo livestock sales auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Continued warmer than normal temps recorded
Corn harvest past half-way mark arkansas
Corn, soybeans lower while wheat has gains
Dodge City livestock auction report
Fall like weather returns
Fort Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trade slow
High Plains direct slaughter sales report
Historic rain and flooding recorded new mexico
Hot, dry conditions continue Texas
Hot, dry conditions give way to cooler temps kansas
Joplin livestock auction report
Limited small grain planting underway oklahoma
McAlester Union livestock sales market report
Newell sheep sales report
Newell sheep sales report
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. livestock sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Pratt livestock auction report
Rainfall should help fall planted crops
Row crops moving toward maturity
Salina livestock auction report
Small grain harvest nearly complete
Some hay prices steady to weak
Springfield livestock auction report
Temps don't help soil moisture levels
Temps don't help soil moisture levels missouri
Texas direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Woodward livestock auction sales report

RANGE

Efficiency is important to hay grinder
Extension bulletin simplifies Rocky Mountain cheatgrass management
Low-input grazing systems highlight upcoming workshop
MU Extension offers 'From Hoof to Hay' short course
OSU to host Native Plant Materials Conference
Ranch field day talks grass, rain and management
Ranchland Trust of Kansas hosts photo contest
Sens. Roberts and Moran call for extension of CRP grazing
U.S. Forest Service encourages participation in Public Lands Day 20th anniversary
Winter annual legumes can fill forage gap between October and May

FAMILY

Build a better sandwich
Canning safety stressed
Composting subtracts from your waste to add to garden
Conservation tree planting program orders taken until Oct. 11
Dalby has airy, spacious feeling
Harvesting and storing fall produce
Make after-school snacks a family activity
Meditation
My American Farm app teaches kids about agriculture
Summer Camp for 4-H members is out of this world
Time to replace trees in your landscape

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