Feb. 13 2020
During the 1990s when Miner Institute was just starting to plant brown midrib (BMR) corn, the seed company representative selling these silage-only hybrids advised us to plant them only on our best cropland...
Dec. 30 2019
Being part of numerous discussions, invited talks, and articles recently centering on reviewing the 2019 growing and harvest season, and ultimately grasping the corn crop quality, a few common threads...
Nov. 18 2019
“Looking at the big picture . . . excessive rainfall had a huge impact on both hay crops and corn silages this year,” said Mike Rankin
Nov. 15 2019
A feed and forage outlookpresented by Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois and Mike Rankin, Hay & Forage GrowerSponsored by Kuhn Mike Hutjens and Mike Rankin, forage feeding specialists
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
Oct. 3 2019
The 36th World Forage Analysis Superbowl awarded winning producers during a luncheon on Wednesday at World Dairy Expo
Sept. 16 2019
Take control. That’s a message I echoed in a recent webinar to dairy forage growers. Get out, scout your fields with your agronomist and assess your corn’s current growth stage
Aug. 19 2019
Converting from conventional tillage to a reduced or no-till cropping system may come with a learning curve, but in terms of corn planting, it doesn’t require new machinery
Aug. 12 2019
Rather than planting the same crop in the same field year after year, rotating between two or more crops is the healthier route to go
July 25 2019
We are in full swing corn silage harvesting mode here at Hillcrest Farms. Last week temperatures rose to 100°F and higher and the humidity was right there with it
July 22 2019
We’ve fielded numerous support requests centering on managing through an unprecedented wet spring and summer from the High Plains through the Northeast
July 12 2019
Take a look at long forage particles in your feed. They may be slowing your cows down at the feedbunk.It is time to update our recommendations for optimal ration particle size
July 11 2019
I do a lot of corn planting at night in the dark. My planter doesn’t have any work lights at the back by the row units and seed tanks, and it is a headache to always have to carry a fl
June 1 2019
One of the challenges of growing alfalfa is the potential for winter injury and stand thinning or loss
May 27 2019
Across much of the Midwest, the hope for a perfect growing season has already been dashed as planters and forage harvesters sit idle in barn sheds as one of the wettest springs in recent memory imposes...
April 12 2019
Spring means alfalfa scouting and corn planting. Gear up for another year
March 29 2019
Last week, I officially shed the winter coat and put it away. I’m not talking away, away because I’ve now lived in Wisconsin long enough to understand that sometimes April will pretend to be...
Feb. 21 2019
The dramatic climb in the use of winter grains for very high-quality forage, which also protects the environment in a sustainable manner, has opened a new forage rotation window of opportunity
Feb. 10 2019
The business decision to purchase seed, grow, harvest, and then incorporate reduced-lignin forages into your high-performing dairy diets is more than a nutritional balancing act
Dec. 24 2018
It was a very wet fall for some regions of the country, including the Midwest. That made corn silage harvest a challenge to say the least