Early Spring Thoughts

forage
3/27/2017

Here are several changes to consider:

  1. By now the starch digestibility of your corn silage undergone most of the changes that will occur and is a much different feed than it was a month after ensiling. The changes have mostly been positive and could result in your being able to feed less grain. Your dairy nutrition consultant is probably aware of this, but it doesn’t hurt to check.
  2. If the dry matter content of your corn silage less than 30% and it’s not due to unusual events, then you should plan on doing whatever changes are needed for your corn to be harvested at no less than 32% DM. These changes could include earlier planting, later harvest, or planting slightly shorter-season hybrids.
  3. The ideal NDF of hay silage varies depending on the relative amounts of alfalfa and grass in the field, but ADF should be in the 28-32% range. Less than 28% and you probably sacrificed some yield by cutting too early, over 32% and you harvested too late. You won’t always hit the ideal range, but the ADF of most hay silage should be close to 30%.
  4. Fertilizer prices will remain low this spring compared to recent years so there’s no reason to delay fertilizer applications.

 

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