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Silage

Plan your silage production from seed selection to harvest and packing the pile with tips from these ag professionals.

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It’s not the milk check or calf price that makes or breaks an operation; it’s the feed quality for livestock that determines pounds of products for sale.

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Wasted time typically means wasted money in the dairy business. That includes the time needed for your corn silage to fully ferment and be ready for feeding to your herd.

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Due to the drought tolerance and water efficiency properties of forage sorghum, its use will increase as crop irrigation water becomes less available. Both forage sorghum and grain sorghum are good substitutes for forage and grain corn in livestock feeds.

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There’s one time of year when any extra weight you’re packing (thanks to Twinkie-ville, $1 burger menus and other foods you torture your body with) will pay off – and that happens during silage season when you’re packing the pile.

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Consider, cut, crack, cram, cover – the five C’s of quality silage. Infuse those five C’s into your team’s collective brain and instill the practices into your silage harvest team and you’ll be the envy of every producer everywhere – hands down.

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The use of summer annuals is nothing new to most U.S. producers. In fact, these products have been used with great success in forage production and as cover crops for decades.

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