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18 new tools for managing hay and forage

<p>Farm shows are a great place to get some &#39;cab time&#39; with big equipment and this year&#39;s events were no different. John Deere launched a new line of self-propelled forage harvesters with a range of improvements.</p>

The livestock industry - beef, dairy and pork - are a bright spot in the ag market these days, and it appears equipment companies are "following the money." For 2015 a range of new products are coming to market offering producers a the chance to boost productivity for the feed-making side of their businesses. From mower-conditioners to new higher-horsepower windrowers, the Farm Progress Show New Products Team has uncovered a solid offering of equipment to check out.

In this gallery, you'll not only find tools for feed-making, but also attachments and innovations for capturing cornstalks and other materials to capitalize on the burgeoning biomass market. Even if your area doesn't have alternative energy crop potential, better stalk use can improve your feed cost picture too, and companies are innovating for this area too.

Check out the products the team found and if you want a closer look, click on the enlarge button to see the product up close. We've also included links for all the products you find here so you can get more information to help you make the right purchase decision for our farm.

The Farm Progress Show New Products Team includes Tom Bechman, Indiana Prairie Farmer; Josh Flint, Prairie Farmer; Mindy Ward, Missouri Ruralist; and Lon Tonneson, Dakota Farmer.

Check out this latest list of new products and don't miss our other show galleries including:

Tire, track advancements on display

Fertilizer tools to boost yields

Tracking tillage for fall, and beyond

Seeding and planting tech on display

Grain Handling, drying and storage tools

13 tillage tools to consider

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