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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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The Dairy One Forage Lab collaborated with Allenwaite Farm in Schaghticoke, New York, from March to June 2015 to run a 12-week study feeding shredlage.

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Livestock producers fully understand the benefits derived from applying genetic selection decisions in both cattle and corn. The tremendous improvements in milk and meat production and corn yield would not have been possible without a strong focus on selecting superior genetics.

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Meeting the nutrient requirements of a very high-producing dairy cow (more than 130 pounds of milk per day) requires high-quality forages as a foundation of the ration. Corn silage is playing a more important role in most dairy rations because of its high-energy content, high yield per acre and the consistency of feed quality coming out of the silo.

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You’ve harvested your silage at the right moisture to capture the best quality possible. Now how do you keep from losing quality as it sits in the pile? Where will quality loss be greatest?

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Every year at the end of the harvest season, we hear, “Next year we are going to (fill in the blank); we just didn’t have time this year.” Now is the time to fill in that blank for corn silage. Here are five of the “blanks” that need to be filled in before harvest starts.

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