App helps calculate value of using inoculants

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DuPont Pioneer's Inoculant Value Calculator (IVC) is now available as a mobile app. It is designed to help producers calculate the overall value of forage inoculants. 

The calculator estimates inoculant cost per cow per day and the overall feed cost savings per cow per day. Users answer 10 questions about the crop, the storage system, feeding rates and market prices of corn and soybeans to show the economic returns of various inoculant options.

After answering the questions, livestock producers are provided with three main “values” to calculate: 1) value from reduced shrink, 2) value of improved bunklife and 3) value of reduced feed input. These calculations allow producers to forecast dry matter recovery or preservation on the front end, predict aerobic stability on the back end and estimate feed cost savings. 

The calculator integrates input from nearly 150 on-farm trials to help producers determine which inoculants offer the greatest return on investment for their specific operation. The new IVC app is available from the Apple App Store SM for iPad use. 

For more information on forage management, visit www.pioneer.com/forage or contact your local DuPont Pioneer dairy specialist or livestock information manager.

Source: DuPont Pioneer



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