Ration Management

Where to test forages for nitrates

With many farms now considering early harvest of drought-stricken corn for silage to salvage some value from the crop, attention must be paid to the potential for high nitrate concentrations in the plants. FULL STORY »

Feed inventory essential to producers facing record feed prices

The extensive drought will challenge the production of high-quality forage and concentrate feeds for dairy cows. Inventory feeds, develop feed procurement and cow-culling strategies to offset these conditions. FULL STORY »

Options for drought-damaged corn fields

Farmers with crops need to check out the options before harvesting a drought-damaged corn field for something other than the grain. FULL STORY »

How to deal with feed price volatility

Drought conditions, limited stockpiles of commodities and other factors have led to an increase in feed cost. Here are some ways to manage your ration under the circumstances. FULL STORY »

Drought-stressed corn resources

Here are some resources to help you manage your drought-stressed corn crop, including an overview of its nutritional value. FULL STORY »

Study examines effect of corn silage harvest practices

Here is a look at how starch digestibility and milk yield were affected when dairy cows were fed diets containing corn silage with different levels of dry matter and kernel processing. FULL STORY »

Canola possible forage crop for livestock

Drought-challenged dairy producers facing forage shortages may be able to feed their cows canola and related crops, provided they take certain precautions. FULL STORY »

How much silage will you lose to shrink this year?

Severe drought conditions in many parts of the country mean proper ensiling is of the utmost importance this year. Steps taken during ensiling can prevent silage losses due to shrink. FULL STORY »

Drought creating feed shortages

Drought is drying up feed supplies in Indiana fields and leaving dairy producers with some tough decisions. Act now to make sure you have access to alternative feed sources if dry conditions persist in your area. FULL STORY »

Web site offers drought resource materials

Need help harvesting, pricing and feeding drought-stressed corn silage to dairy cattle? This web site has the answers you are looking for to manage nutritional and agronomic concerns that come with a drought. FULL STORY »

Corn silage could salvage some value for drought-damaged crop

Farmers with drought-damaged cornfields could consider harvesting the crop for livestock feed to salvage some of its value and to help livestock producers supplement short forage supplies, says a Purdue Extension forage specialist. FULL STORY »

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