Continuous Corn Effects and Management in Corn Silage
By: Cullen Johnson
Like any good businessman, beef and dairy producers are looking for “the best bang for their buck.” Corn silage is an option these beef/dairymen have to do just that. Overall, feed use of corn silage for beef and dairy has been continually rising, as it provides more tons per acre and thus, increasing profit when fed. According to the U.S. Census of Agriculture, in 2012, 7.2 million acres were grown for corn silage, up 18% from 2007. As we all know, we aren’t making any more land; therefore, to keep up …
By: Aaron Wright, Masters Choice Marketing Associate
As many of you know, Masters Choice has moved our headquarters to a new building with much more space to expand into. We are working as hard as ever, with more people than ever, to get the job done.
Aside from the new headquarters, we have expanded our Pulaski conditioning facility and warehouse more quickly than we’d ever thought. We have added a new warehouse this year, as well as put the finishing touches on a second conditioning line.
Southern Illinois Plant Manager, Heston Hase says, “The addition of a second conditioning line here at the …
By: Kyle Vosburgh
Within life we are continuously entering and exiting seasons. Agriculture is no different in that regard. We patiently wait all winter for the spring crop to go in; we eagerly check our ground as the first stands set in. It seems like an eternity from planting day until the first signs of harvest set in. Throughout the growing season we learn a lot about, not only our farms, but also about the crops we grow. These seasons are a wonderful reminder as to why we love agriculture so much.
While many people are taking a deep breath after harvest; …
When it comes to corn silage there will always be a debate about which is most important, yield or quality. Let’s be real honest, the “crop” guys say yield and the “cow” guys say quality. The arguments go something like this… Yield is most important: you have to have something to feed. Quality is most important: you can’t just feed “trees”. The truth of the matter is that both are important. There are obvious aspects of both that make sense. Of the two, yield is the most controllable and least variable, so it is the easiest to deal with in …
Quick tips for feeding floury corn hybrids:
Consider total starch load and adjust energy levels
-Rapid digestion increases of up to 50% more starch being digested.
-Slower passage rates 11%/hr for dry floury grain 4%/hr for high moisture
floury compared to 21% for dry vitreous grain and 10%/hr for high moisture vitreous
Consider protein levels
- Floury corn increases microbial MP because of quicker ruminal digestion
Protect milk components
- Too much starch load negatively effects microbe population
- Over processed floury grain could lead to acidosis if not careful to reduce total starch in ration
Comparing New Crop Corn Silage to Old Crop – What Might Cause the New Crop Clump?
By Guest Blogger: John Goeser, PhD PAS
Director of Nutrition, Reseach, and Innovation, Rock River Laboratory, Inc.
Adjunct Asst. Professor, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Chopped whole-plant corn (corn silage) continues to gain popularity for dairy and feedlot nutrition programs. Increased yields per acre, consistency through feed out, and energy value per ton of feed relative to legume and other grass forages are factors leading to increased inclusion rates in the total mixed ration (TMR). Diet inclusion rates often exceed 75% of total forage and in some cases corn silage comprise 100% of forage.
Save Money by Spending a Little More – Why price shouldn’t be your only focus when purchasing
By: Alex Foeller
Strange as it may sound, the season to purchase your seed corn for 2016 is already here. Stranger yet, you may want to consider factors other than price when making the final call on which seed to purchase.
Many consumers in a variety of industries make decisions based on price alone, but growers should not be among them. This is particularly true in an agriculture market that is currently experiencing roller coaster commodity prices that aren’t nearly as strong as they once were, …
Masters Choice Floury vs. BMR and starch digestibility
By Guest Blogger: Dr. Charles J. Sniffen
There has been a lot of discussion and controversy about conventional vs. BMR hybrids. The producers like the to see the increase in DMI they get when feeding BMR hybrids but they do not like the yield drag nor do they like the uncertainty of the poor standability they see with BMR hybrids.
Background on vitreousness and floury
A vitreous hybrid is one where the starch has poor fermentability in the rumen and poor digestibility in the small intestine. We can offset this to some degree by grinding the …
Understanding Plot Data
By: Kyle Vosburgh
Reading and Understanding Plot Data
Now that the sales season is in full swing and many people are getting ready for the 2016 planting season it is a good time to familiarize yourself with regional plot data. Understanding plot data is a useful tool in selecting the right hybrids for your farm. In an industry where we often only look at bushels per acre and dry tons per acre; it's important to understand everything that is being told by plot data.
Every year large amounts of time and money are put into plot data analysis. It not only …
Forecasting starch potential in high performing dairy or feed lot cattle
Dr. John Goeser, PAS & Dipl. ACAN
Rock River Laboratory, Inc. nutrition and technical support
New corn silage, snaplage/earlage, high moisture corn and dry corn grain are nearly wrapped up. Year after year we experience different performance, in some cases a slump, when we begin feeding new corn feed crops. Yet the performance response is variable and we have historically not understood why new crops feed differently.
Ten years ago, during graduate school, I began to understand why performance lags when feeding new crop corn thanks to teachings by and coaching from Prof. …