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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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Keep in mind that your end goal will determine most of your difficult decisions as you fine-tune a management plan this year for corn silage.

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Spoilage micro-organisms (yeasts, molds and aerobic bacteria), cause the biggest and most variable loss from silage during storage and feedout. Spoilage micro-organisms need oxygen to do their dirty work.

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I became an agronomist because I enjoy being outside, working with plants and mastering all of the details for growing a successful crop. As a customer agronomist for Mycogen Seeds, I consult with growers of silage corn, grain corn, soybean and alfalfa to help them achieve the most from their acres.

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The best way to evaluate the quality of silage is by sampling it appropriately and requesting both fermentative and nutritive analyses from an accredited analytical laboratory.

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Equipment packing the silage“What’s a fair price for corn silage? Most extension agents, farm management advisers and nutritionists have been asked this question. It’s a good question – but not a simple one to answer.

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Equipment from Joslin Farms in southern Idaho runs full tilt during corn silage harvest. This video takes you from field to silage drive-over pile on a beautiful autumn day during the 2013 harvest.  FG