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Harvest & Storage

Forage quality doesn’t increase after harvest, so it’s critical to achieve optimal harvest and store it right to reduce loss. Let our experts tell you how.

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A farmer has hundreds of corn hybrids from which to choose, and those are just the ones within the relative maturity (RM) range appropriate for where he or she farms. An acceptable range in maturity is usually about 10 days of RM – for instance, a range of 100 to 110 days RM.

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When forage yield is higher than expected or yields are at a lower quality than expected, storing forages like silage or haylage could require using a temporary location, especially when trying to segregate forages by quality.

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For producers in the western U.S., winter comes with a few nuisances especially reserved for states containing numerous herds of wildlife.

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Why work hard and spend money to produce a quality product – and then throw a quarter of it away? That is what many producers do by not investing in quality storage options for their harvested hay.

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Ideally, well-fermented silage should not have a strong odor because the main organic acid from the fermentation – lactic acid – is nearly odorless.

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The old saying, “If it works the way it is, why change it,” might not be making life any easier for farmers. After all, if you could change the way you put up hay to reduce the number of days in the field, why wouldn’t you?

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