Silage Management

High moisture corn and corn silage are different in summer than in the fall and winter

The high moisture corn and corn silage fed today was made nine or 10 months ago, and they are not the same feedstuffs as they were last winter, says Bill Weiss, Ohio State University dairy nutrition extension specialist. “If high moisture corn and corn silage are properly made and well-preserved, the concentrations of the major chemically-defined nutrients such as crude protein (CP), neutral detergent fiber (NDF), and starch probably changed very little during the last nine months of storage,” he says. FULL STORY »

Should you cover your bunker silo?

Proper covering of bunker silos can provide an 8:1 return on investment. FULL STORY »

Try these tips for high-quality, high-yielding silage

With today's high feed costs, silage management can have a significant impact on your bottom line. That's why you must pay attention to hybrid selection, field conditions and harvest timing/management to help make the most of your silage crops. FULL STORY »

Better bunker management offers bottom-line advantages

Growing conditions determine fiber digestibility, and the right combination of weather conditions make for an optimum silage crop, say experts at Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business. While temperatures and moisture levels over the course of the growing season will set the stage, you can actively take steps to preserve silage quality once the silage is harvested through good management, resulting in better feeding material for your livestock. FULL STORY »

Beware of silo gas

Toxic gas associated with fermenting silage may cause severe injury or death to persons who are exposed to injurious concentrations. FULL STORY »

Considerations for using a silage facer

A silage facer may provide greater consistency in feed quality and ration composition for producers handling lots of feed daily. FULL STORY »

Determine the value of improved silage management

Of course, silage management is important. But it’s not always easy to quantify just how important. To illustrate the effects of silage management on your profitability, check out this spreadsheet, developed by Brian Holmes, University of Wisconsin ag engineer. FULL STORY »

Manage feed inventories for maximum profitability

Feed costs are the single largest expense on most dairy farms, comprising between 40 and 60 percent of the total cost of producing milk. It is thus important to closely manage on farm inventories of feeds in order to maximize the profitability of the farming enterprise, says Mike McFadden Michigan State University extension dairy educator. FULL STORY »

What can you do with used plastic?

Use these hints to help safely recycle materials from silo bags and other forage coverings. FULL STORY »

Analyze hay storage cost

New tool helps you compare the cost of different hay storage options. FULL STORY »

Inoculant benefits

Growers cite inoculant benefits — advantages of 11CFT inoculant are apparent in their operations. FULL STORY »

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