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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.


Discuss your fertilization/nutrient management plan for your corn silage crop. When do you anticipate planting?0111fg_silage_1
As we get closer to planting, we asked our silage season participants about their nutrient management plans:

Discuss your fertilization/nutrient management plan for your corn silage crop in 2011. What have you done in the past?

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Forage may be stored for winter feeding when pasture production is limited, for use in confinement feeding systems or for cash hay. 

Hay is the most popular storage method since it stores well for long periods and is better suited to cash sale and transportation than silage.

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The level of alfalfa winterkill affects forage quality because of increased grassy and broadleaf weed pressure. In general, grasses such as quackgrass and bromegrass will reduce the quality of the harvested forage while broadleaf weeds have less effect.

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What will you be planting in 2011? What factors influenced your decision?


As we continue to follow producers throughout the country during their 2011 silage season, this issue we asked what type of seed they would be planting and why they made that choice. As might be expected, what ends up in the feedbunk was one of the most common factors growers considered before purchasing their seed.

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“My cows have wintered hard this year” is a common complaint heard among many groups of farmers. The cold that fell over many parts of the U.S. this winter was hard on livestock but may have been hard on pastures and hay fields as well. Temperatures dropped to single-digit levels and even below zero in some areas.

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With 2010 firmly behind us, it is time to look ahead to what the new year might bring.

There are many things on our minds this time of year as agriculture producers – keeping hay and feed in front of livestock, keeping water thawed and available, equipment maintenance, taxes and spring.

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