Dial-In Silage Harvest

Chopping Silage
( Cathy Merlo )

Harvest timing is critical—especially when it comes to cutting silage. A new tool by Rock River Laboratory, Inc., is said to help farmers determine the best time to cut silage.

Anyone using this app tool called InField Updates, must use the FeedScan app by Rock River. It is free for users. Nutritionists, agronomists and growers can review fresh dry matter, neutral detergent fiber and starch statistics geographically to help determine chopping schedules.

“Hitting the ideal harvest window is a vital component to processing good feed for the coming year,” said Zachery Meyer, Rock River Laboratory director of operations in a recent press release. “Any tool that Rock River Laboratory can develop to quickly provide consultants and farmers with the data they need to plant for a successful harvest is an easy investment for us.”

InField Updates relies on industry to supply chopped corn samples to Rock River Laboratory, which will analyze samples for dry matter, neutral detergent fiber and starch analysis to help populate information for the tool. Results are mapped based on locations submitted but maintains the privacy of the individual submitting the information and their exact address.

“We’ve all seen how crowdsourced and community-based apps can make life easier, be it for a safer, faster drive to your destination or to pick where you’re eating for dinner,” Meyer said. “Now there is an opportunity for our agriculture industry to utilize this technology for the benefit of producers, all while upholding the privacy of those sharing their samples.”

The in-app tool can be accessed from any smartphone or tablet with the parent app FeedScan. Users can review data in a ten-mile radius of their location for the most relevant information for planning individual harvest.

If you want to send samples to help build out this tool you can send freshly chipped corn intended for silage sample under the “Fresh Chopped Corn” package, using the FeedScan app (enable location services) to submit at the closest location to the field where the sample was collected, according to Rock River Laboratory. Physical samples can be dropped off at Rock River Laboratory drop boxes.