March 10 2022
We are at the end of the winter, and soon it will be time to start harvesting winter grass forages for silage. Recently, I have been asked whether grass and legume mixtures ensile well
Feb. 21 2022
In a typical year, high moisture corn and corn silage would be feeding to nearly its full potential by this time in the calendar year. This year is different
Nov. 15 2021
Hay crop silage making is finished for this year for many dairymen. Typically, it would be months before thoughts turn to ensiling the spring hay crop
Sept. 23 2021
Feed costs — especially corn grain — have risen substantially this year. Maximizing the nutritional value of homegrown forages is always a top priority for profitable dairy farming
Sept. 13 2021
The starch content of corn silage is a key driver of quality and impacts the opportunity to build a cost-effective ration to drive high milk production
Sept. 2 2021
After corn silage harvest, one huge job that has be completed promptly following chopping is covering piles and bunkers. This is a task that takes many hands and a lot of hard work
Aug. 16 2021
Picture movie-goers walking into a theater. Those people entering the theater were initially expecting to see a documentary film, but instead, an action movie begins, with surprises
Aug. 12 2021
As some areas across the country face short feed inventories, dairy farmers may be limping along and stretching forage supplies to make it through until the next crop is harvested
Aug. 9 2021
It’s the time of the year to start thinking silage again. This one is also a particularly difficult year in some parts of the country due to the weather
Aug. 2 2021
Raising cutting height when harvesting corn for silage is sometimes recommended to improve the quality of the silage
Sept. 25 2020
For nearly every dairy farmer, corn silage harvest season is one of the most important periods of the entire year. As more and more farms transition toward rations high in corn silage, it becomes even
April 30 2020
While the world changes, dairy cattle diets are also evolving for many. Several dairies have considered, or are actively, feeding unpasteurized milk back to the herd to avoid wasting a nutritious product
Jan. 10 2020
The 2019 corn silage crop appears to have potential based upon early sample analysis summaries. However, the key word in this introduction is “potential.”
Nov. 15 2019
High rainfall totals this past spring, often accompanied by flooding, left many farmers in the Corn Belt, the Upper Midwest, and the Northeast unable to plant corn until well after the recommended time
Nov. 4 2019
Guidelines for selecting a silage hybrid Presented by Bill MahannaBrought to you by Pioneer In this webinar Bill Mahanna provided an overview of the main agronomic and nutritional factors to consider
Aug. 26 2019
As corn silage makes its way from the field to the farm, proper storage becomes essential
Aug. 19 2019
There’s been no shortage of stories on the abysmal start to the forage season this year
June 17 2019
When considering forage fermentation as a measure of forage crop quality, we need to compare it against expected values
Oct. 10 2018
The author is a freelance writer in Indianapolis, Ind. He recently traveled to the Netherlands to interview dairy farmers and processors.De Jong normally lays down six layers of grass silage (a layer
Sept. 10 2018
Up until about two weeks ago, the Upper Midwest and Northeast were rushing toward maturity with warm temperatures and relatively dry conditions