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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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Corn silage forms the backbone of many winter and year-round feeding programs for dairy cows and heifers. With today’s dairy economic situation of tight to non-existent profit margins, corn silage is an excellent source of energy that can reduce the costs of providing energy (starches) in the dairy cow’s diet while also serving as a digestible fiber source.

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There are many fields of thought today as to whether or not forage inoculants are worth the investment. The answer to that question can depend on the product and the results that it produces. Consider the following questions for response you should expect with inoculants:

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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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