Insights

Read the latest articles from the experts at Stockdale’s and the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative.

Prevent round bale fires

In order to ensure that you do not lose any big bales to spontaneous combustion this year, take the following precautions: 1. Make sure the material is well cured before baling – 25 percent moisture or less. 2. If bales…

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Lawn Weeds are Often Signals

Your lawn can’t tell you when something is wrong, but it can send you signals to warn of certain problems. Here’s what your lawn may be trying to tell you: White Clover – The presence of white clover may indicate…

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Flea Facts

Flea populations, once established, can be tricky to control. Many pet owners make mistakes when attempting to control fleas because they only use one method of flea control. Check out these five facts about fleas! • Female fleas can lay…

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Red, White and B-minus?

As we celebrate Flag Day on June 14, we’d like to share this often untold story about this national symbol. The blue field with the 50 white stars changed throughout the years as new states entered the union. The last such…

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The Do’s and Don’t of Lawn Mowing

When it comes to lawn care in the summer, mowing is at the top of the list. Here’s some tips to help you get the most from your lawn mowing efforts. • DON’T mow your grass when it’s wet, whether…

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With Hay Tarps, One Size Does Not Fit All

We have covered the subject of hay tarps in a few different ways, from cost savings in fed hay to proper care and storage. But we have never addressed one of the most important and obvious considerations — size. When…

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Maturity Matters for High-Quality Hay

Producing high-quality hay should be a goal for every cattle producer. Regardless of forage species, the stage of maturity is one of the most important factors affecting hay quality — and it’s where producers can make the greatest improvements. Why…

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Tips for Cultivating Carrots

Carrots are one of the most nutritious garden vegetables. One carrot packs a whopping dose of antioxidants, plus Vitamins A and C.  Carrots can also be one of the most difficult vegetables to grow. Here are a few tips for…

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Change Tags to Avoid Resistance

  Fly tags are an efficient, economical way to control flies. It is a good practice to rotate compounds occasionally to prevent flies from building up resistance to the insecticides. When you rotate tags, be sure to actually rotate compounds…

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Manage Closely to Prevent Laminitis, Colic

With springtime comes warm, sunny days and an abundance of lush, green pasture, as well as an increased incidence of laminitis and colic. Fresh pasture can be a great source of relatively inexpensive nutrition for horses. A well-managed pasture can…

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The What and When of Fertilizing Your Lawn

Regular applications of fertilizer are critical to establishing and maintaining a good lawn. Fertilizers are usually labeled with three numbers, such as 20-10-15. Each number designates a percentage by weight of three nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium or N-P-K. Since…

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Fight the Pasture Flowers

Ever looked across your pasture during the late winter to early spring and smile when you saw how nice it was greening up? That smile could turn into a frown quickly if you take a close look at what is…

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