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New Crop Slump

posted on February 17, 2016 / 0 Comments

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. The …

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Floury vs. BMR

posted on January 12, 2016 / 0 Comments

Masters Choice Floury vs. BMR and starch digestibility By Guest Blogger: Dr. Charles J. Sniffen Introduction 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 …

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Starch Potential

posted on December 1, 2015 / 0 Comments

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. …

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Agrisure Duracade®

posted on September 28, 2015 / 0 Comments

By Guest Blogger: Iris Tzafrir, Agrisure Traits Product Lead, Syngenta In fields with high corn rootworm pressure, we know that effective and lasting control is top of mind for all corn growers. Fluctuating insect pressures and farming practices, such as continuous corn­on­corn, complicate control of a pest that’s already difficult to manage. Syngenta offers tools to help growers gain control and manage CRW and other corn soil pests in a sustainable way through a combination of the latest trait technology and the best pest management practices. Agrisure Duracade®, the latest corn rootworm control trait from Syngenta, will be available in select Master’s Choice hybrids for 2016 planting. The …