Silage Management

Dairy Focus: Protecting hay more important than ever

The U.S. drought of 2012 has left most livestock producers in the Midwest and beyond scrambling for more hay. One of the quickest ways to waste this precious commodity is failing to protect it from moisture. FULL STORY »

Save money by properly sealing your silage

Losses from unsealed or incorrectly sealed corn silage exceed a quarter billion dollars every year. FULL STORY »

Drive-over silage pile construction

Use the advice and diagrams in this fact sheet to help you properly locate, make, and manage a silage pile for short-term silage storage. 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 »

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 »

Storing large round bales

Research has shown that storage losses in large round bales stored outside and unprotected can be far greater than hay producers realize. FULL STORY »

Ten spoilage stoppers

Use these steps to minimize or prevent surface-spoiled silage in bunker silos and drive-over piles. FULL STORY »

Advice on wrapping dry hay

Will the labor and expense needed to get two or three layers of plastic around a large bale of dry hay pay off? Here are some points to consider. FULL STORY »

Calculate your silage bag capacity

Use this spreadsheet to help you estimate the quantity of forage in a silage bag. FULL STORY »

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