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 …
As we enter into the New Year, and as I’m out and about throughout the country, one of the biggest things I hear as a growing concern is about all the mergers taking place in agriculture right now. I believe there’s a growing apprehension among producers and suppliers that the landscape taking shape in the seed industry may not have their best interest at heart. The agriculture industry, not unlike many other industries, has started to experience the pains that come along with extensive mergers and acquisitions. Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not “demonizing” these mergers and/or the companies in …
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. …
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 …
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 …
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. …
Double Cropping Winter Triticale and MC MasterGraze corn
Dairy farms that are able to use a 12-month double-cropping strategy can maximize the return on their forage production investment. Milk producers are always looking for new ways to increase forage production on their own land. In most situations a dairy operator can produce his own feed for a lot less than he can buy it, and control nutrient management plans more effectively.
One proven way to increase forage production while promoting nutrient uptake on home acreage is double-cropping. This often involves spring-planted silage corn followed by late summer-planted winter triticale, which is harvested as silage or hay the following spring before …
Continuing an impressive run of success at the World Diary Expo’s World Forage Analysis Superbowl, a Masters Choice floury corn hybrid has been selected as the first place finisher of the Standard Corn Silage division. This comes one year after a Masters Choice sample was chosen as the event’s Grand Champion, as well as the Grand Champion, First Time Entrant.
This year’s winner, submitted by Daniel Olson, of Lena, Wisconsin, was a sample of MC5660, coming in with a ‘milk per ton’ of 3730 lbs. With their two samples this year, Masters Choice has placed a total of 10 samples in …