Silage Management

Dairy Focus: The basics of corn silage

Now is the time for final preparations for the corn silage harvest. FULL STORY »

Getting maximum value out of high-moisture corn silage

Ensiling high-moisture corn (HMC) offers beef and dairy producers with an on-farm source of high energy feed. FULL STORY »

Managing Silage Effluent

Fall is almost here and with that will come corn silage harvest. One common side effect of silage making is silage effluent. No matter our best efforts to harvest at the correct moisture and in a timely fashion, it happens. If you have a silo, upright or horizontal, you have some amount of silage effluent. 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 »

Silage shrink affects feed quality and quantity

When silage shrinks, producers end up with less available feed and, often, a lower quality feed. The initial dry matter (DM) losses are often of more valuable nutrients such as sugars, starches and soluble proteins. 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 »

Ask the Silage Dr: Summer feeding schedules

Q. Do you have any recommendations for feeding schedules in the summer? Is it better to feed during the night when it is cooler or does that not make much of a difference? 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 »

To-do list for flooded fields

Excessive rainfall and flooding has many South Dakota crop producers concerned about the future of their crops. SDSU Extension is here to help, explained Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist. 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 »

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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