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In your own words... What led to the success of your corn silage crop this year?

Published on 02 March 2010
Kelly Callahan

First-place corn silage
“Luck and paying attention to details. We watch the health of the crop, water, proper nutrients and soil fertility.

Year after year we build up the soils with compost manure, good P and K levels, N levels, water management and timing. The quality and variety of seed is a big component too.”

Kelly Callahan
Royal Turf
Royal City, Washington

 Nelson Faria

 First-place BMR corn silage
“The farmers that grew it. I buy it delivered to the dairy. My nutritionist entered it in the contest and I’m glad he did. I’ll have to buy him lunch.”

Nelson Faria
Faria Dairy
Royal City, Washington

 Ray Robinson


Second-place BMR corn silage

“The variety of the corn. We have good luck raising Mycogen corn. This is our fourth year growing BMR corn. We select the variety that will give us the most milk and best quality.”

Ray Robinson
Moo Mtn. Milk
Burley, Idaho

 

 Greg Fernandes
Third-place BMR corn silage

“We bagged it, for one thing. That was the only difference compared to our other silage, which is stored in a covered pile. It was our first year working with BMR so we separated it from the other corn silage to see the full potential of the feed.”

Greg Fernandes
Fernoak Dairy
Tulare, California

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