Hoard's Dairyman Farm
Hay Pellets - News Tidbits
Enhancing feedout stability: What’s next?
Nov. 27, 2019
In a basic view, the ensiling process consists of the conversion of simple sugars to organic acids — specifically, lactic acid — under anaerobic conditions. However, the exposur...
Connecting corn silage quality to performance
Sept. 5, 2019
Forage quality is often discussed and written about. Often, through experience, we understand improved fiber and starch digestibility to mean more energy available per pound of silage fe...
It’s two, two, two feeds in one
July 16, 2019
Our understanding of corn silage has come a long way in the past 20 years. That’s probably a good thing because it has emerged as a dominant feed source in most dairy and many feedlot beef rations...
Mycotoxins remain a silage challenge
Feb. 21, 2019
Found in a variety of feedstuffs worldwide, mycotoxins are becoming a topic of more and more discussions...
Step up and evaluate seed genetics in 2019
Feb. 19, 2019
During the Major League Baseball off-season, the phrase “hot stove league” denotes the period of time when a flurry of team transactions set the stage for the next season...
Reflecting on the 2018 harvest season
Nov. 23, 2018
The 2018 corn silage crop is largely in storage. As of the time this article was written, the USDA crop reports had nearly 70 percent of the corn crop rated as good or excellent...
A corn silage Christmas Carol
Oct. 9, 2018
It’s no secret that corn silage has changed over the years. It has not only evolved from a feedstuff used primarily for heifers and dry cows to a major and key component of milking cow rations, but...
Shrink silage shrink
Sept. 4, 2018
Silage shrink can cause silage to go from an economical source of feed to one that doesn’t make sense or cents. Shrink is the dry matter (DM) that is harvested but lost before feeding...
Corn silage is still evolving
Sept. 4, 2018
Many years ago, I was told, “Any idiot can make good corn silage.”Perhaps that’s the case or perhaps not; however, it’s most certainly not true if you have your sights set on something better...
Corn silage harvest is a complex system
Aug. 31, 2018
A system is defined as a group of interacting, interrelated, and/or interdependent elements forming a complex whole...