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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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Molds damage silage quality, and in severe cases they lead to the development of dangerous mycotoxins that can make silage unfit for livestock consumption.

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Drought has become more of a reality in recent years for the normally water-blessed Midwest – and elsewhere in the U.S.

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There are endless ways for dairy producers to increase efficiency and boost the bottom line. Technology advancements such as robotic milking systems and innovative harvesting practices have certainly played a vital role in helping farmers get the most from their farms and their cows.

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August is the start of my busiest season as a dairy nutritionist with Mycogen Seeds. My job is not just marketing a bag of corn silage seed; I educate dairy producers on how to get the most from silage corn hybrids to improve the profitability of their operations.

From mid-August to March, I’m on dairy farms and in corn silage fields almost every day. I spend nearly 200 days on the road, driving 45,000 miles each year.

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Microbial forage inoculants are the principal type of silage additive in the U.S.

These products supply additional lactic acid bacteria to the population naturally found on crops, aiming to enhance the fermentation efficacy and retain as much as possible of the original nutrients and dry matter.

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Albert Einstein said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Farmers can relate to this since farming requires constant innovation and experimentation.

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