GM0/Non-GMO/Organic…What is the difference?
By: Kyle Vosburgh
A trip down the aisles of the local supermarket will find many agricultural terms. These terms are often used to market to consumers, but very few consumers understand what the differences are in this terminology. It is important that farmers are making decisions that will help to drive profitability and efficiency across all of their acres. Do we really understand the differences between different management systems?
The term genetically modified organism has become a term that many consumers view with distain. The truth is that GMO products are everywhere. They are utilized in all sorts of …
By: Mark Kirk
I often get questions concerning cob color, and whether it makes a difference in silage nutritive values. In fact, someone just this week wanted to see any data I had. So I reached into my silage files for 2016 and averaged two hybrids with white cobs and two hybrids with pink cobs.
To get one thing straight cob color is determined by the hybrid's parents. The parents of hybrids with white cobs both have white cobs and hybrids with pink cobs can have parents with one white one red, one white one pink, or two pink cobs.
So, what did …
Early this Fall I had the privilege to meet Joe Funk, editor of the esteemed Seed Today magazine. I was humbled that Joe had interest in writing a piece about Masters Choice for his publication. It was great to show him our facilities and discuss Masters Choice, and our unique position in the marketplace, but it was even better to spend the day getting to know Joe, whose knowledge of the seed industry is second to none. After months of anticipation our story is now available in print. I encourage you to pick up the printed copy of Seed Today. …
Over the past three years Masters Choice has proven consistent dominance in the World Forage Analysis Superbowl, at Madison, Wisconsin's World Dairy Expo. 2016 proved no different, with MC samples making up 7 of the "Top 10" samples. That runs our grand total of Top 10 finishers, over the last three years, to 15. Other achievements include winning the Grand Champion (Standard Corn Silage Division) two of the last three years, winning the Quality Counts Award (top Kd rate) two of the last three years (including 2016 with a Kd of 7.71, beating all standard corn silages and BMRs alike), …
"Lab Report Refresher" by: Mark Kirk
“Well its all Greek to me!” as our pastor reminded us Sunday this statement conveys the idea of the difficulty to interpret something written in a whole ‘nother language. Ever feel that way about a silage analysis from a forage lab? With all the abbreviations and numbers, what is it really telling us? Let’s sort it out.
Most feed tests are separated into 5 major categories: proteins, fiber, carbohydrates, minerals, and calculations. Within those categories there are several measurements and calculations and some times there is more than one number for a particular line analysis. Which …
Nursery Thoughts, By: Cullen Johnson
A few days ago, I completed the second major step of my work in the nursery, pollinations. The first big hurtle was planting, which was severely delayed because of the overabundance of precipitation we acquired early this spring. Because of this, the nursery was later than usual for pollinations to begin. In a normal year, I should have been finished with pollinations by the end of the third week of July; nevertheless, the work got done and with tremendous success.
After spending nearly three weeks in the heat of July and August trudging through a corn field, …
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 …
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 …