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Feeding high corn silage diets: Part 2

In part one of this two part series by Michigan State University Extension, the first two keys to success in feeding high corn silage diets were covered: Timeliness of corn silage harvest, and hybrid selection, percent NDF. In part two we will continue with hybrid selection and also cover grouping and feeding, processing considerations, and allowing for breakdown of corn grain in storage.

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Supplementing summer silage with spring forage crops

Dairy producers looking to expand their silage supplies this summer have several early silage crop options. The key to deciding which spring forage crop to use is found by considering the current supply. For instance, is summer forage needed to make up for a shortage of corn silage, haylage or both?

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Dairy markets: Cheese prices face pressure

In light of current milk supplies (burdensome and could get another growth spurt as the school year ends), cheese export demand (not dead, but very quiet), global cheese prices (lower than U.S.) and cheese imports (down from Q4 but well ahead of Jan./Feb. of 2014), we have to wonder if it will crack the foundation of milk prices during the second half of 2015

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Suggestions to reduce spray drift

Before spraying your crop, consider these 10 pointers to help reduce particle spray drift. The importance of keeping crop protectant applications on target continues to be at the forefront of growers’ minds as well as people neighboring the farms.

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Policy Pennings: China imports to meet soybean needs but produces its own corn, wheat and rice

With a population of 1.3 billion and counting and a small agricultural area relative to its large population, China is repeatedly the hope for an export-led prosperity for grain and oilseed farmers in the major agricultural exporting nations. Early in the twentieth century, as the US was suffering from a long-period of low cotton prices, it was suggested that if every person in China were to lengthen the shirt they wear by just an inch, the US cotton surplus would disappear and cotton would once again be profitable. It did not happen and low prices continued to plague cotton-belt farmers.

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