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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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Meeting the nutrient requirements of a very high-producing dairy cow (more than 130 pounds of milk per day) requires high-quality forages as a foundation of the ration. Corn silage is playing a more important role in most dairy rations because of its high-energy content, high yield per acre and the consistency of feed quality coming out of the silo.

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You’ve harvested your silage at the right moisture to capture the best quality possible. Now how do you keep from losing quality as it sits in the pile? Where will quality loss be greatest?

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Every year at the end of the harvest season, we hear, “Next year we are going to (fill in the blank); we just didn’t have time this year.” Now is the time to fill in that blank for corn silage. Here are five of the “blanks” that need to be filled in before harvest starts.

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Growers and dairy producers often underestimate the impact silage harvest moisture and maturity have on silage nutritive value.

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Silage avalanches are real, and there is no way to predict when and where they will occur. It only takes a fraction of a second for part of a silage face to silently break off and fall, and the result can be deadly for anyone located beneath it.

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Many forage growers are discovering the benefits sorghum silage has to offer.

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