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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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When offering advice on dairy ration formulation, one of the phrases often mentioned is: “Test your forages.” Nutritionists seek to learn the nutrient composition in order to balance for energy, amino acids, fat and other nutrients.

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The High Plains are a subregion of the Great Plains and occupy parts of eight states, including Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

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There are several factors involved in getting hay dry. When we imagine perfect hay-drying weather, we think of things like a hot sunny day with a nice breeze. While these things are important, they are not all equally important.

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There are many reasons to adopt baleage in the grazing system. “Round bale silage” is palatable, high-quality preserved forage that fits many grazing operations.

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Walls or no walls? This question inevitably comes up when considering storage options for ensiled forages and grains. The answer, of course, is always, “It depends.”

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“You only get one chance to make good silage,” says Tim Meister.

Meister, a division marketing manager for John Deere Ottumwa Works, has been analyzing corn silage for 20 years.

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