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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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The quality of the preserved silages you have available to feed is dictated by the quality of the forages at harvest and the management practices applied during ensiling through to feedout. Although ensiling is a naturally occurring, uncontrolled process, it can be enhanced by the use of research-proven microbial inoculants to maximize the retention and preservation of nutrients and dry matter (DM). Additionally, inoculants are a safe, non-corrosive and environment-friendly choice.

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Check off these items as you go – many have a safety slant to them.

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When scouting cornfields this summer, don’t forget your silage crops. Monitoring silage fields for weeds, diseases and insects and then taking proper corrective action can help maximize forage quality and tonnage at harvest time.

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Triticale (trit-e-kay-lee) has made significant gains in acreage over the past decade. In the southern Great Plains, over 400 truckloads of seed were sold in 2009. A good amount of those acres are being grown for silage, mostly to be fed by dairies.

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Alfalfa is an important forage for dairy cows because it provides fiber that effectively stimulates chewing while also providing energy and protein for milk production.

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Sheep producers should set annual goals for the forage and pasture grazing system. Under most farm circumstances a forage grazing plan will require several years to implement selected goals.

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