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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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There’s one time of year when any extra weight you’re packing (thanks to Twinkie-ville, $1 burger menus and other foods you torture your body with) will pay off – and that happens during silage season when you’re packing the pile.

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Consider, cut, crack, cram, cover – the five C’s of quality silage. Infuse those five C’s into your team’s collective brain and instill the practices into your silage harvest team and you’ll be the envy of every producer everywhere – hands down.

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The use of summer annuals is nothing new to most U.S. producers. In fact, these products have been used with great success in forage production and as cover crops for decades.

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For most grain and livestock producers, the only time you want to hear “frosted” and “corn” in the same sentence is when you are thinking about breakfast cereals. However, due to late planting in many areas and cooler than normal temperatures in August, frosted corn may be a reality in many locations. Will your crop mature before it frosts?

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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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