Corn silage represents the base of many beef and dairy diets in the Midwest for a number of very good reasons. Properly harvested corn silage is an excellent forage resource that can be used in a number of feeding situations.
Before the combines hit the fields this fall for harvest, farmers may want to keep a watchful eye on their crop quality. Preliminary testing over the summer months of the 2015 North America wheat crop, conducted by Alltech’s 37+® mycotoxin analysis, shows an average 3.2 mycotoxins per sample, with Deoxynivalenol (DON) the most predominant toxin.
By M. Scott Wells, Craig Sheaffer, and Amanda Grey, University of Minnesota Extension
With today's modern varieties capable of yielding 6 to 7 tons per acre and alfalfa hay prices ranging from $195 to $295/ton, there is an incentive to develop management practices that not only improve seeding year management, but also optimize the total revenue stream.
"Producers should look at the quality of the feed in storage to ensure they have enough bales to create a balanced ration which meets the nutritional requirements of their cow herd, through each gestational stage and post calving," Gessner said.
Yet another study has documented the passive transfer failure rate for dairy calves allowed to nurse from the dam on their own. This is in contrast to hand feeding a known volume of colostrum with a known concentration of antibodies.
By Mathew M. Haan, Penn State University Extension
Feed cost is one of the largest expenses on dairy farms. In addition to being a major cost, overfeeding, underfeeding or feeding an improperly balanced diet can impair cow health, decrease milk production, and result in negative environmental impacts.
Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini today encouraged producers to examine the available U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the sales deadline for fall crops.