Storing grain? Protect it like a bin full of gold

What are you doing with new crop corn and soybeans? Are you selling at harvest, concerned about a long, slow price decline typical of a short crop? Or are you storing them, hoping the market will continue to climb as end users bid higher to acquire inventory? FULL STORY »

Drought has made it important to test for nitrates

A large percentage of nitrates are found in the lower portion of the stalk. If your results confirm that you have high nitrates, raising the cutting height of your corn will help to avoid some of those nitrates in your feed. Allowing the corn silage to ferment for three to four weeks may also allow the nitrate levels to drop, as fermentation causes a decrease in nitrate levels by 25 to 40 percent. FULL STORY »

Lower starch diets can still make milk

Here is a look at research that uses two basic feeding strategies to lower dietary starch. FULL STORY »

Will your crop insurance claim be large enough for an audit?

If you are a Corn Belt farmer, and have corn or soybeans covered by crop insurance, there is a strong possibility that you may have a claim to file for either loss of production or revenue. FULL STORY »

Using soybeans as forage

This topic is the subject of the fifth and final drought-related video at the University of Illinois Dairy Education's YouTube channel. FULL STORY »

New mobile app for income over feed costs

DairyCents, developed by Penn State's Extension Dairy Team, calculates income over feed costs and feed price comparisons. FULL STORY »

Master milk fat depression

When milk fat levels are depressed, there is no time to waste in finding the cause and resolving the issue quickly. FULL STORY »

Monitor water availability in a drought

Drought conditions may cause some disruptions in water availability. Here is some advice to ensure heifers, dry cows and lactating cows are getting the water they need. FULL STORY »

Corn harvesting guidelines

Use this handy online guide to help you decide what to do with corn at various stages of maturity. FULL STORY »

Video highlights fall oats as emergency forage

A new YouTube video on fall oats as an alternative forage crop is now available at the University of Illinois Dairy Education YouTube channel. FULL STORY »

Tips for pricing corn silage

A lot more corn may be headed for silage this year than normal. Experts at the University of Nebraska and University of Wisconsin offer advice on how to price it fairly. FULL STORY »

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