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Forage Types

Hay, silage and pasture is your business, and it's our focus. Take your operation to the next level with the help of our comprehensive and practical information, education and technology about various forage types.

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Feed budgeting is an important part of all livestock systems, so you may be looking at the crops you have grown for silage and wondering how many tons of dry matter you will need to feed the cows.

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0111fg_silage_1When do you anticipate harvesting your corn silage crop? What do you look for to know it’s time to chop? Will you use an inoculant?

It’s almost hard to believe we’re talking about harvest, but the way the summer is flying by, it will be here before we know it. As we spoke with our producers this month, all agreed that the use of an inoculant is important.

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Baled silage is becoming more and more popular in the U.S. as the preferred method to preserve the nutritional feed value of an ensiled crop.

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The term “brassica” covers turnip, kale, forage rape and swede. Brassicas are cool-season annuals that have high proteins (15 percent to 20 percent crude protein) and digestibility (65 percent to 80 percent).

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Other than johnsongrass, I can’t think of any forage that has an equal number of pros and cons listed in its bio. In addition, producers are equally dispersed when discussing the ‘love-hate’ attributes of this grass.

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Intense livestock grazing over a relatively short period of time can benefit rangelands, according to a study published by Idaho State University researchers.

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