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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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A drive through the countryside where livestock are fed and cared for will reveal large, white, stuffed, plastic bags lying adjacent to farm buildings. These flexible feed structures store tons of haylage or corn silage.

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“I highly recommend inoculants for everyone. It won’t increase the nutrient content of your silage, but your silage will maintain quality rather than losing it,” says Hugo Ramirez of Iowa State University Extension.

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Alfalfa silage is a significant feed source in many high-producing dairy diets. Every dairy producer understands the importance of harvesting and storing high-quality alfalfa silage. However, this is one of the most challenging forages to ensile consistently.

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There are several reasons why more farmers have become interested in on-farm evaluation of the corn hybrids they plant for silage production.

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Matt Mills had his neighbors scratching their heads, saying, “What in the world is he doing?”

There were soybeans growing in between the rows of corn. It looked like a mistake. What happened? Well, it wasn’t a mistake; that’s exactly what Mills intended to do.

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The use of silage on backgrounding operations offers many benefits, particularly for those producers who own or rent crop ground. Finishing rations typically include 5 to 15 percent silage for roughage.

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