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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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There are many fields of thought today as to whether or not forage inoculants are worth the investment. The answer to that question can depend on the product and the results that it produces. Consider the following questions for response you should expect with inoculants:

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The quality of the preserved silages you have available to feed is dictated by the quality of the forages at harvest and the management practices applied during ensiling through to feedout. Although ensiling is a naturally occurring, uncontrolled process, it can be enhanced by the use of research-proven microbial inoculants to maximize the retention and preservation of nutrients and dry matter (DM). Additionally, inoculants are a safe, non-corrosive and environment-friendly choice.

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Check off these items as you go – many have a safety slant to them.

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When scouting cornfields this summer, don’t forget your silage crops. Monitoring silage fields for weeds, diseases and insects and then taking proper corrective action can help maximize forage quality and tonnage at harvest time.

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Triticale (trit-e-kay-lee) has made significant gains in acreage over the past decade. In the southern Great Plains, over 400 truckloads of seed were sold in 2009. A good amount of those acres are being grown for silage, mostly to be fed by dairies.

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Just when you thought the dairy economic situation was getting some relief, at least with somewhat lower feed costs, thanks in part to some decent corn silage yields, Mother Nature stepped in.

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