April 10 2017
Particularly in tight financial years for agriculture, the argument for finding the economically optimal corn plant population has perpetuated
March 27 2017
Producers have been incorporating forage sorghum silage into their cropping schemes in response to drought and irrigation water constraints
Dec. 19 2016
“Exploring how this year’s forage will feed” was presented by John Goeser of Rock River Laboratory
Dec. 16 2016
Wiersma is the alfalfa business manager with DuPont Pioneer. Thomas is retired from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute and president of Oak Point Agronomics Ltd. Nit
Dec. 15 2016
John Goeser, Rock River Laboratory, discusses the campfire within the rumen, which in turn helps explain how and why crops feed differently. Due to a challenging corn silage and grain harvest, John explores...
Oct. 25 2016
Flip through any dairy publication and you’re sure to find a number of ads promoting products that claim to improve dairy cows’ health and well-being
Oct. 17 2016
Even in prairie soils with little to no exposure to humans or animals, antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be readily detected. That is according to research conducted on 20 native prairies in southeast...
Sept. 25 2016
Forage systems match modern cows and farms Alfalfa cutting schedules, corn silage's growing role in diets, and storage demands due to larger herds highlight changes to forage practices in the past 40 years
Sept. 10 2016
It’s been over five years since we covered the topic of cool-season grass management in this column. Specifying “cool-season” is important since there are warm-season grasses such as...
Aug. 15 2016
Cropland value takes uncharacteristic dip The recently released USDA "Land Values 2016 Summary Report" announced an average $40-per-acre decline in cropland values across the nation. That only represents...
Aug. 10 2016
Great silage takes great planning Corn silage harvest is just around the corner and could even be started in some parts of the country. Harvesting corn for silage may be one of the most important activities...
Aug. 8 2016
How long can corn farmers hold on? Low corn prices the last two years have been a relief for dairy and other livestock producers. Now, however, it may be time to start worrying about how much longer corn...
June 27 2016
The good kind of cover-up. While a criminal trying to "cover up" a crime is a bad thing, crops used to "cover up" fields between cropping seasons are just the opposite. And even though cover crops are...
June 6 2016
Manure restores soil with nutrients needed by crops. One method of application is manure irrigation, in which manure is applied to fields using equipment that can move liquids. Although this practice is...
April 25 2016
Once it's harvested, it's all you have to work with. That's the story with forage quality. At last week's Tri-State Dairy Conference, Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin-Madison forage specialist,...
Jan. 11 2016
Pictured (L to R): Tyler Gaddie, David, Martha and Roger Corbin. "We added more BMR (brown midrib) corn silage to our diets and use fungicide on it," said David Corbin when discussing ways to take full...
Jan. 4 2016
"We have a very detail-oriented nutritionist who monitors processing scores throughout the harvest. This year, the processing scores were in the upper 70s," explained James Coble. "That number is constantly...
Jan. 4 2016
On the road to preservation, silage goes through four phases: aerobic, fermentation, storage and, finally, feedout. During the anaerobic phase, the crop uses up sugars and protein while it respires. At...
Dec. 28 2015
A unique partnership was born in 1999 when Jake and Saskia Zwemmer approached a group of crop farmers in the thumb of Michigan. The Zwemmers wanted to focus their talents on cow care and buy forages from...
Dec. 21 2015
"The grid sampling was quite interesting. Some farmers have fields that do better in some areas than other areas," explained Les Danielson. "You may have suspicions as to those fields; however, the grid...