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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 continues to be a lot of interest in corn silage harvested with a self-propelled forage harvester (SPFH) equipped with an after-market processor having cross-grooved processing rolls set for 2- to 3-mm roll gap and greater roll speed differential than has typically been used (32 percent versus 21 percent).

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Recent university studies and private research indicate that planting higher populations and narrower, more uniform rows can maximize corn silage yields. These planting changes, however, can create challenges for growers.

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Although we may not know it, most of us are familiar with biochar. We use it every summer to barbecue hot dogs and hamburgers – charcoal briquettes.

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You know what to look for when choosing corn hybrids for grain – things like grain yield, standability, maturity and pest resistance – but what about for silage? What else might you look for with silage?

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Silage makes an excellent feed for ruminant animals. However, feeding silage is much different than feeding hay. Silage, because it is much wetter than hay, is much more susceptible to deterioration.

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Many livestock and dairy producers harvest high-moisture corn (HMC) to eliminate high grain drying costs and produce excellent feed for ruminant animals. HMC is harvested using a combine shortly after black-layer formation and then ground to reduce the size of the kernel particles and fermented in a silo or silage bag.

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