Silage

How Drones and Cloud Computing Increase the Accuracy of Silage Inventory

9/3/2021

Drone technology is enabling dairies to get within just a few days of predicting when they may run out of feed. 

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Pile Guide: silage surface and face management

8/12/2021

Robinson’s advice for producers is to use a thin plastic underlay film, build piles with silage faces that are matched to silage need and install a rock line around the bottom of the pile at pile covering.

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Silage Considerations

Silage Considerations

10/20/2017

Silage time has arrived for many producers.

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Removing Guesswork from Feed Buying

What Dairy and Beef Producers Should Watch in Their Silage Ration

10/17/2017

Silage production is not one-size-fits-all. What dairy producers ultimately want is more milk, and what beef producers want is more yield. However, there are some similarities with regard to what to watch in order to reach your goal.

Tags: Feeding Strategies, Rations, Silage

Safety First as Silage Harvest Gets Underway

Safety First as Silage Harvest Gets Underway

9/18/2017

In the rush to harvest corn silage, safety often takes a back seat. Don’t let speed compromise safety.

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Managing Silage Bunkers in Warm Weather

Managing Silage Bunkers in Warm Weather

8/17/2017

When summer temperatures increase, hot spots and mold may form in the bunker. Carefully managing the bunker during feedout will help ensure you’re providing cows with the nutrients they need to be productive.

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Hazardous Silage May Be Ahead

Hazardous Silage May Be Ahead

7/13/2017

This year’s corn crop has already seen its share of weather events, and the effects of weather damage can last throughout silage feeding.

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What is standing hay worth in 2017?

What's Standing Hay Worth?

5/18/2017

One of the challenges in coming up with a value for standing hay is the lack of established market price information like corn and soybeans. Another challenge is multiple cuttings of hay versus a single harvest for grains. So it’s no wonder the price for standing hay can vary greatly between farms, even between fields.

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Manage your silage shrinkage

Silage: Preserve Your Dollars

5/12/2017

There’s a tremendous amount of money invested in silage, from growing the crop to storing it. Yet shrink on dairies ranges from 15 to 25 percent. This level of shrink can equate to a loss of 15 to 25 cents for every dollar invested in putting the silage up.

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7 Tips To Prepare For Silage Feedout

7 Tips To Prepare For Silage Feedout

12/14/2016

Now that corn harvest is complete, producers hopefully can look forward to having quality silage that is stable and well protected. The next steps are to monitor and maintain the integrity of the plastic covering (or bag silos, or bale wrap) and manage feedout to prevent heating and spoilage.

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