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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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The Season of Plots

posted on May 16, 2016 / 0 Comments

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; …

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Quick Tips for Feeding

posted on March 14, 2016 / 0 Comments

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 - …

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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 …