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Good silage: a matter of fermentation and stability
April 30, 2018
The ensiling process is a well-established tool to store forages while maintaining their nutrient composition and availability. Thus, ensiled forages are predominant feed ingredients use...
Regional cultures vary — so does forage quality
March 15, 2018
Much like culture varies widely from one region to another, forage quality is known to be strikingly different as well...
Hitting the corn plant density sweet spot
Feb. 15, 2018
Farmers often boost corn plant densities as a means to maximize forage yields or replenish silage stocks...
You can manipulate silage fiber digestibility
Jan. 15, 2018
Corn silage is the predominant forage source used in dairy cattle diets to supply adequate levels of energy and physically effective fiber to high-producing cows...
Extreme forage can blur the lines
Jan. 15, 2018
In today’s society, many times we focus on the norm and the average. Think about the number of times you’ve read my or others’ work discussing what “average” forage looks like...
Predicting grain yields from corn silage metrics
Aug. 31, 2017
Grain producers and dairy operators annually debate the question, “What is corn silage worth this year?” The starting point to answer this question is often based on commodity grain market q...
Processing knowledge continues to evolve
Aug. 25, 2017
Corn silage kernel processing score (KPS) continues along with brown midrib (BMR) corn silage and politics as the most heated topics discussed among forage growers, dairy producers, and consulta...
Take another look at silage for finishing cattle
Aug. 21, 2017
The author was the 2016 Hay & Forage Grower summer editorial intern and is a senior at South Dakota State University. When corn prices are high, corn silage may be a more economical feed to...
Determine KPS with your smartphone
March 1, 2017
It is well known that reducing the size of corn kernels in whole plant corn silage makes it more digestible for the cows and enhances milk production...
Poor kernel processing impacts the bottom line
Feb. 27, 2017
Corn silage is the predominant forage fed to dairy cows in the United States. This is related to its unique characteristic of providing both high energy and physically effective fiber...