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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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No two dairy operations are the same. Differences in location, milk markets and individual operational goals, plus a wide range of forage options, means producers increasingly are tailoring rations and forages to fit their specific needs.

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This summer, some areas have experienced drought weather conditions, causing an impact on the corn silage crop. Under these conditions, yield losses of 40 to 50 percent are possible if high temperatures and limited rainfall coincide with silking and reproductive stages.

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For many dairy farms in the U.S., corn silage and haylage supply a significant portion of the herd’s dietary energy and protein needs.

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Corn silage is a high-quality feedstuff that allows you to capture high-moisture corn and a roughage source that can be used in all aspects of the beef cattle industry – feeding cows in confinement, growing cattle and finishing cattle in feedlots.

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Proper harvesting of corn silage is a critical step in capturing nutrients that will be used to feed cattle throughout the next year. Silage harvest has to be a highly coordinated “all hands on deck” effort.

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As summer temperatures increase, hot spots and mold may form in the bunker. Carefully managing the bunker during feedout will help ensure you’re providing cows with the nutrients they need to be productive. Below are a few tips to consider.

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