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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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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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The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated in 2012 that U.S. growers harvested 113,450,000 tons of corn as silage, with a conservative value of $7.3 billion.

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Producing high-quality forage can be complicated. From hybrid selection to harvest timing, intense management is critical to producing corn silage that will achieve optimum milk production and cow health.

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Shredlage, shredlage and more shredlage. When it comes to the latest technology in corn silage processing, shredlage has dominated the headlines in the farm papers, has been the focus of producer meetings and a hot topic among dairy producers and custom harvesters alike – and for good reason.

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Few farming operations invite as many different opportunities for injury or fatality as a silage program.

Silage-related tragedies know no age boundary, as workers and bystanders of all ages have been injured or killed during silage harvest and feedout.

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It’s the headline no one wants to read, the hospital visit no one wants to make, the funeral no one wants to attend.

This silage season, will you pack the silage pile or will the pile pack you? The choice is yours. You’re in control.

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