Maximize milk production with quality crops and forages.


May 13 2011
Pennsylvania updates custom and rental rates Determining if a quoted custom rate is a fair price can be somewhat challenging especially with today's higher fuel costs. To help give all parties perspective...
April 29 2011
Corn populations and row width deserve review. Summarizing corn population research can be daunting. There are reams of studies that address specific
March 31 2011
Grass is finding newfound respect by Ev Thomas and Bill Mahanna Thomas is retired from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute and is the president of Oak Point Agronomics Ltd., Hammond, N.Y....
March 25 2011
Most growers have limited experiences with Roundup Ready alfalfa. While RR alfalfa may have its place in crop rotations, it is not an option for mixed forage stands. A comparison of recent genetic advancement...
Jan. 10 2011
The foundation of our rations has been and always will be forage. That's the way the ruminant's digestive system works
Dec. 15 2010
Years of repeated tillage and equipment traffic have left many farm soils compacted. In some cases, this compaction can cause water to pond and also lead to shallow root depths which limit crop yields....
Dec. 15 2010
A major goal of corn silage making is to reduce oxygen and raise acidity rapidly so that lactic acid bacteria grow to stabilize and preserve or "pickle" the silage. Often, people believe that corn silage...
Dec. 15 2010
Bale silage a great option in wet climates. Mastering the fermentation cycle will lead to the best possible product for your herd. A group of farmers and livestock producers gathered at the historic Hereth...
Dec. 15 2010
Little details make all the difference in baleage. Making bale silage is a combination of science and art. Mastering the details will lead to the best possible forage. A good tight bale of hay silage with...
Dec. 13 2010
What's a fair price for standing hay? Many factors must be considered including forage quality and yields, stand life, nutrient costs, and who is doing the work. A written contract can tie it all together....
Dec. 13 2010
The lower milk prices are generally, the harder it is to justify high-priced alfalfa. Having by-product feeds nearby is a key. Dairy hay prices have climbed in recent years as hay acreages have declined....
Dec. 13 2010
Alfalfa has the greatest sensitivity to acid soils of any crop we grow, so managing soil pH is critical. The legume simply will not grow below a soil pH of 6.0, while other field crops are quite happy...
Dec. 13 2010
The Koster tester, microwave, and lab have all been good options to determine dry matters. The food dehydrator might top the list when you factor in ease and consistency of test results. We were able to...
Dec. 13 2010
Should you plant only one in an effort to feed corn silage of uniform quality each day, or should you plant several hybrids to reduce the impact of a single hybrid performing poorly? Since there's no standard...
Dec. 10 2010
Manure is in it for the "long haul". Manure's advantages go far beyond major nutrients as the organic matter in manure acts as a soil conditioner. It also adds secondary and trace minerals. Before you...
Nov. 15 2010
As the old saying goes, corn is corn is corn, right? Let's take a closer look.Traditionally, the variation in nutrient composition within dry or high-moisture corns was assumed to be minimal. It was common...
Sept. 25 2010
Alfalfa is one of the most important crops grown in North America, with its market value ranked right behind corn and soybeans. Maintaining a high-quality alfalfa stand results in higher yields and enhanced...
July 30 2010
Grass deserves a second look. With its more highly digestible fiber, grass provides a great mix for rations heavy with corn silage and alfalfa. Grasses' agronomic benefits are an added bonus. When adding...
May 10 2010
Copper Sulfate Use May Bite Us Good crop and hoof health are possible with copper sulfate use. However, future regulations remain the wildcard. When making farm decisions, what might seem like a good idea...
April 25 2010
Wide rows, quick dry-down, same-day harvest leads to more milk potential. Forage quality drives milk production. And the only measure of forage quality that truly matters is the quality of forage that...