Harvest Help

Test forage for nitrates before you cut

Heat and drought stress can cause dangerous concentrations of nitrates to accumulate in summer annuals. Nitrate poisoning can cause abortions in cattle. High concentrations can even be fatal. FULL STORY »

Advice on achieving high-forage rations

There is little room for error when harvesting and ensiling forage destined for use in high-forage diets. FULL STORY »

Don’t let your hay profits go up in smoke

Hay is a hot commodity, but don’t let it ignite. FULL STORY »

Evaluate ensiling techniques before harvest starts

Understanding the ensiling process can help you reach your silage feeding goals. FULL STORY »

Round bale safety tips

When baling and handling large round bales, recognize and understand the potential hazards and follow operating instructions for each piece of equipment you use. FULL STORY »

Capture haylage quality

High-quality forage is the key to healthy, productive cows. One way to maximize forage quality is to avoid, or at least minimize, butyric acid in hay crop silages. Learn how to achieve this. FULL STORY »

Harvest options for forages

Harvesting quality feedstuffs can sometimes be a challenge. It can be especially challenging in late spring or early summer when too often there isn’t enough time between rain events to get forages completely cured and dry enough to be baled as dry hay. FULL STORY »

Hay moisture levels

How do you estimate hay moisture levels in the field? Veteran hay raisers have their own tricks which may involve twisting a handful or kicking the windrow to see if it “rattles.” FULL STORY »

Frosted alfalfa could hurt fiber levels

Alfalfa hit by frost this spring might have a lower NDF concentration. You might want to consider delaying cutting. Here is some advice. FULL STORY »

Should you harvest drier corn silage?

It can be a good way to increase corn silage starch content and save on purchased corn, but be aware of the risks if you go too far. FULL STORY »

Should I take an early first cutting of alfalfa slated for corn?

For the dairy producer who needs more high-quality alfalfa, it’s a quick and easy answer. However, consider these points when making the decision to cut alfalfa before planting the field to corn. FULL STORY »

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