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Silage

Plan your silage production from seed selection to harvest and packing the pile with tips from these ag professionals.

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For many dairy farms in the U.S., corn silage and haylage supply a significant portion of the herd’s dietary energy and protein needs.

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Corn silage is a high-quality feedstuff that allows you to capture high-moisture corn and a roughage source that can be used in all aspects of the beef cattle industry – feeding cows in confinement, growing cattle and finishing cattle in feedlots.

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Proper harvesting of corn silage is a critical step in capturing nutrients that will be used to feed cattle throughout the next year. Silage harvest has to be a highly coordinated “all hands on deck” effort.

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As summer temperatures increase, hot spots and mold may form in the bunker. Carefully managing the bunker during feedout will help ensure you’re providing cows with the nutrients they need to be productive. Below are a few tips to consider.

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AT-A-GLANCE: In an effort to create additional silage tonnage and supplement nitrogen, a Montana producer sows soybeans into silage corn.

Raising soybeans in corn silage – it’s a little unconventional, but who can argue with success?

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The phrase “garbage in, garbage out” was originally used in the field of computer science. Long before it existed, my father had his own saying.

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