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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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Efficiency and personalization – these goals often seem opposed in dairy herd management.

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Proper moisture content may be the most important aspect to making good silage. Silage harvested too wet and immature reduces yield per acre. It can result in nutrient losses and environmental damage from seepage, and it often produces an inefficient, sour clostridial fermentation that reduces intake by livestock as well as experiences extra dry matter losses.

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It’s that time of year again: time to start thinking about corn silage harvest. Hopefully, you were able to scout your fields during tasseling time to get an idea of the progression toward maturity. Now you might be asking yourself what adjustments should be made to harvest moisture as you plan your timing.

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Each year, hay producers are faced with a dilemma that puts the practice of harvesting quality forage in jeopardy.

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In the heat of the battle, all we think about is winning. The question is: What is winning when it comes to harvest quality?

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Piles are a popular storage system for corn silage on many livestock operations, particularly large dairies. However, an estimated 18 to 22 percent of the corn silage stored in piles never makes it to the feedbunk because too many piles are not sized and shaped correctly.

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