Soil seems like a long way from the milk aisle but one Wisconsin dairyman is making caring for the land a top priority for producing a top product and turning into a partnership between rural and urban.
Good quality silage starts with good quality forage. Ensiling can only preserve nutrients and dry matter (DM) already present in the crop. When preparing to harvest corn for silage, there are three important characteris
Like many, I was taught that corn silage should be harvested at 35 percent dry matter (DM) and half to two-thirds milk-line to optimize the balance between quality and quantity, and to facilitate packing.
High quality silage is a cost-effective feedstuff that supports optimal milk production. However, spoiled silage can have the opposite effect — impacting production and potentially creating a herd health hazard.
Taking your first silage cutting can be tricky, and May showers don't make it any easier. Cornell University's Bill Verbeten explains the best time to cut forage and how to dry and harvest for the best quality possible.