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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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This presentation was made at the Vita Plus Custom Harvester Meeting, held Feb. 23-24, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Click here to see all of the presentations from the meeting.

00_griswold_kenThere are four types of dry matter loss – fermentation loss, loss from leaching, surface spoilage loss and feedout loss. Dr. Ken Griswold from the Penn State Cooperative Extension conducted a study to measure losses from fermentation and leaching, with an objective to refine the relationship between density and loss.

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031411_kung1Forage cannot be made better from the point it leaves the field, therefore our goal as an industry is to start with the best quality forage possible and preserve it with excellent silage management, said Dr. Limin Kung from the University of Delaware at the Vita Plus Custom Harvester Meeting.

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Discuss your fertilization/nutrient management plan for your corn silage crop. When do you anticipate planting?0111fg_silage_1
As we get closer to planting, we asked our silage season participants about their nutrient management plans:

Discuss your fertilization/nutrient management plan for your corn silage crop in 2011. What have you done in the past?

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Forage may be stored for winter feeding when pasture production is limited, for use in confinement feeding systems or for cash hay. 

Hay is the most popular storage method since it stores well for long periods and is better suited to cash sale and transportation than silage.

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What will you be planting in 2011? What factors influenced your decision?

 

As we continue to follow producers throughout the country during their 2011 silage season, this issue we asked what type of seed they would be planting and why they made that choice. As might be expected, what ends up in the feedbunk was one of the most common factors growers considered before purchasing their seed.

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Breeding corn for silage is very much like a conventional program for grain. The goal is to provide products that fit individual’s needs.

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