Forage Production

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 »

Ask the Silage Dr: Dry inoculants

“I’ve been using dry inoculants for years since they’re easy-to-use. Recently, my forage came back from the lab with an abnormally high pH. FULL STORY »

Manage corn plants’ season-long nitrogen needs

New research into nitrogen (N) use by corn plants may change the way growers think about N management practices. FULL STORY »

MU Extension guide on forage irrigation systems available

University of Missouri Extension has released a guide for farmers thinking about using a forage irrigation system. FULL STORY »

More uses for corn forage: Grazing, baling, silage

NDSU’s Dickinson Research Center told producers unharvested forage corn can now be used for grazing livestock late last year, but that’s not where its uses stop. FULL STORY »

Ask before seeding a new forage stand

In order to reap the benefits of what you sow, there are a few questions you should ask in regards to seeding a new forage. Identifying weed issues prior to planting is vital as is knowing the soil conditions and your timeline for your forage stand. FULL STORY »

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