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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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Corn silage is commonly priced per ton standing in the field at seven to eight times the market price per bushel of corn.

Kristen Schulte, Iowa State University extension farm management field specialist, says selling the corn based on its grain value and exchanging the non-grain bio-mass for dairy manure produced on the buyer’s farm can be mutually beneficial to the buyer and the seller.

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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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