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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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042911_silageseasonHave you been following our Silage Season updates? We're following five producers from across the country during 2011 to see what kinds of things they have done in the past, how that might impact their silage crop this year and how things are going for them during this growing season.

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Every spring growers plant corn hybrids to cut for silage. Some years the quality is high, some years not so high. Here’s a look at the factors that influence silage quality.

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0111fg_silage_1What are some of the pest or disease problems you have struggled with in your corn silage crops in past years?
With growers getting anxious to get out into the fields, we wanted to find out what kinds of pests or disease problems our featured producers were going to be looking out for this season. We asked them,

“What are some of the pest or disease problems you have struggled with in your corn silage crops in past years? Will you be watching out for anything in particular this year? How have or will you treat for these problems?”

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This presentation was made at the Vita Plus Custom Harvester Meeting, held Feb. 23-24, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Click here to see all of the presentations from the meeting.

00_griswold_kenThere are four types of dry matter loss – fermentation loss, loss from leaching, surface spoilage loss and feedout loss. Dr. Ken Griswold from the Penn State Cooperative Extension conducted a study to measure losses from fermentation and leaching, with an objective to refine the relationship between density and loss.

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031411_kung1Forage cannot be made better from the point it leaves the field, therefore our goal as an industry is to start with the best quality forage possible and preserve it with excellent silage management, said Dr. Limin Kung from the University of Delaware at the Vita Plus Custom Harvester Meeting.

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Alfalfa is one of the most widely adapted and productive crops available to growers. The crop provides high protein, energy and mineral values for livestock.

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