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04
Apr
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White vs. Pink Cobs

posted on April 4, 2017 / 0 Comments

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 …

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20
Jan
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Puerto Rico Nursery

posted on January 20, 2017 / 0 Comments

Today marks eight months since starting full-time with Masters Choice as Plant Breeder. Sitting here in the San Juan Airport, recapping what seems to be a quick instance in paradise before my flight back to the cold, I realize how much I have been blessed with Masters Choice. Over these last eight months, I’ve traveled the Midwest, met with dealers and customers, attended World Dairy Expo, and conducted pollinations on four separate occasions. This trip to Puerto Rico tops the list off nicely. Accompanying me on this trip was Kyle Vosburgh, our Research Assistant. Over our time here on the island, …

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10
Jan
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R&D Update

posted on January 10, 2017 / 0 Comments

Our research and development team is busy this winter. Michael Lake recently finished pollinating our winter crop in the greenhouse. The crop looks beautiful. One of the newest projects for us is taking place in the greenhouse this winter. We started AP testing some of our proprietary inbreds. This will help us to be certain that our parent seed is 100 percent GMO free. This is critical for our customers that are aiming for Non-GMO premiums. With the overwhelming majority of corn pollen that's flying across the country each summer carrying some form of genetically modified trait, producing conventional seed …

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01
Sep
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Lab Reports

posted on September 1, 2016 / 0 Comments

"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 …

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17
Aug
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Nursery Thoughts

posted on August 17, 2016 / 0 Comments

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, …

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22
Jun
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Continuous Corn

posted on June 22, 2016 / 0 Comments

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 …

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28
Apr
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Population’s Effect

posted on April 28, 2016 / 0 Comments

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 …

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17
Feb
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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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25
Jan
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Purchasing Decisions

posted on January 25, 2016 / 0 Comments

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, …

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12
Jan
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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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