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Oats and brassicas make a great fall pair
Aug. 19, 2021
IF YOU are looking for fall or winter grazing, planting oats in the late summer can be a great option. Oats and other winter-sensitive small grains will typically yield more in the fall than winter...
Why not bag it?
Sept. 5, 2019
AS I travel around, I see a lot of silage in uncovered piles, many for use by cow-calf or backgrounding operations. Looking at the amount of surface spoilage and knowing about the other major so...
To graze or not to graze high-nitrate forages?
May 21, 2019
Over the past few years, we have seen many instances where cattle grazed annual forages that, when tested for nitrates, were considered toxic, and yet the cattle had no adverse health ef...
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...
Cereals provide spring grazing option
Feb. 15, 2018
In the Midwest, planting winter-hardy cereal grasses such as winter rye or triticale after fall-harvested corn or soybeans can provide both soil benefits and a grazing resource in the spring...
Ammoniation: something to consider this year?
Aug. 31, 2017
Ammoniation of crop residues can turn a low-quality forage into a medium-quality forage that can maintain a dry cow without supplementation. Given the drought in the Northern Plains and eastern...
Do corn genetics matter when grazing residue?
Feb. 15, 2017
Every year I hear cattle producers make the comment: “Cattle don’t seem to do as well as they used to when grazing corn residue.”...
Consider oats, brassicas after corn silage
Nov. 9, 2016
It makes sense to cover the ground and protect our precious soil and water resources, especially after harvest of corn silage; but why not also produce additional forage?...
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