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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’s a magic moment during the harvest window when the corn plant dries to a perfect level: The starch content is high, and the crop’s yield potential is at its peak.

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Research shows that bacterial silage inoculants do more than preserve forage nutrients in the silo. Understanding the important benefits inoculants can provide prompted DuPont Pioneer researchers to fully explore the science that supports their value in the ration.

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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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