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

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0111fg_silage_1How do you store your silage? Why have you chosen that method? What equipment do you use to pack your pile?

Although some of you might have just gotten your corn silage crop planted a relatively short time ago, this issue we wanted to think ahead a few months to the end result and ask our producers about how they store and pack their silage.

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“Remember, corn is a grass. In some ways, you need to think about managing your corn for silage as if you were managing your grass hay crop." said Matt Waldron, University of Missouri dairy nutritionist.

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Plain and simple – each growing season is different. Even if you’ve planted a corn hybrid for silage and gotten consistent results for several years, it’s important to realize weather and environmental conditions in a given year may affect this year’s performance.

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042911_silageseasonHave you been following our Silage Season updates? We're following five producers from across the country during 2011 to see what kinds of things they have done in the past, how that might impact their silage crop this year and how things are going for them during this growing season.

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Every spring growers plant corn hybrids to cut for silage. Some years the quality is high, some years not so high. Here’s a look at the factors that influence silage quality.

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0111fg_silage_1What are some of the pest or disease problems you have struggled with in your corn silage crops in past years?
With growers getting anxious to get out into the fields, we wanted to find out what kinds of pests or disease problems our featured producers were going to be looking out for this season. We asked them,

“What are some of the pest or disease problems you have struggled with in your corn silage crops in past years? Will you be watching out for anything in particular this year? How have or will you treat for these problems?”

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