Forage Production

What happens to corn silage quality due to an early frost?

Frost events will make management decisions more important for silage producers. FULL STORY »

Avoiding the Fall Slump

Abruptly switching from old corn silage to fresh can cause a production slump FULL STORY »

Get immediate predictions of CSPS

We’re seeing a growing interest in estimating corn silage processing scores (CSPS) while chopping –instead of after the fact – so that we can make appropriate adjustments in the field. FULL STORY »

2014 Midwest haylage quality slumping, variable

Relative Feed Quality (RFQ), a measurement of forage quality, dropped in 2014. Even more disappointing is the marked quality decrease shown through Total Tract NDF Digestibility (TTNDFD) analysis. FULL STORY »

Time for a silage processor checkup

Now is the time to check over your forage harvester, and your silage processor in particular. FULL STORY »

Silage handbooks available from Lallemand Animal Nutrition

With silage season quickly approaching, it’s important to make sure that key silage management practices are well understood by your silage team. Keeping on top of silage management is critical to dairy operations, both to ensure top quality preserved feeds and safety for employees. FULL STORY »

Maximize profits through better management

Crop producers have experienced record-high prices for their commodities the past few years—so how are some of these producers still losing money? Although weather can play a role in crop and profit loss, management also plays a major role in profitability. FULL STORY »

Forage Focus: The quality/quantity of hay

The last few issues have had information about making hay, and yes hay making season has already begun for some Ohio farmers this year. Timely harvest of forage is critical to maintain high quality feeds. The last few years, frequent rain events during much of the spring delayed beginning of hay harvest until the middle of June for many producers. FULL STORY »

Managing stand losses in alfalfa fields

After the long frigid winter followed by cold wet spring, there is much concern about potential winterkill in alfalfa stands. After a slow start to the growing season, we are now seeing the extent of alfalfa winterkill. FULL STORY »

Forage Focus: Hay making strategies

On Monday, May 12, I was out in a pasture field and noticed some orchardgrass seed heads beginning to emerge. The appearance of seed heads is associated with increasing fiber content and decreased forage quality. FULL STORY »

New York trial: Tall fescue silage as good as alfalfa silage

Cornell University research has shown that tall fescue silage used in a well-balanced dairy ration can produce as much milk per cow as alfalfa silage. FULL STORY »

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