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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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For most grain and livestock producers, the only time you want to hear “frosted” and “corn” in the same sentence is when you are thinking about breakfast cereals. However, due to late planting in many areas and cooler than normal temperatures in August, frosted corn may be a reality in many locations. Will your crop mature before it frosts?

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No two dairy operations are the same. Differences in location, milk markets and individual operational goals, plus a wide range of forage options, means producers increasingly are tailoring rations and forages to fit their specific needs.

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This summer, some areas have experienced drought weather conditions, causing an impact on the corn silage crop. Under these conditions, yield losses of 40 to 50 percent are possible if high temperatures and limited rainfall coincide with silking and reproductive stages.

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For many dairy farms in the U.S., corn silage and haylage supply a significant portion of the herd’s dietary energy and protein needs.

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Corn silage is a high-quality feedstuff that allows you to capture high-moisture corn and a roughage source that can be used in all aspects of the beef cattle industry – feeding cows in confinement, growing cattle and finishing cattle in feedlots.

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Proper harvesting of corn silage is a critical step in capturing nutrients that will be used to feed cattle throughout the next year. Silage harvest has to be a highly coordinated “all hands on deck” effort.

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