Krull identified several key drivers of corn silage yield and quality, including management, environment and genetics. Poor management will not compensate for poor genetics or adverse weather conditions and vice versa.
Because feed costs are a very significant contributor to total running costs, they are a focal point for producers looking to reduce costs without negatively impacting animal performance and farm profitability.
As spring progresses to summer, the percentage of haylage and small grains in TMR often increases to stretch corn-silage inventories or to dilute corn silage if the quality isn’t as good as we had hoped.
If fresh feed already has yeast or mold in it, then it will deteriorate more quickly when exposed to oxygen and warm temperatures. Over 85% of dairies apply a forage preservative either at harvest or in the TMR wagon.
Consider this: 85% of farmers are applying some sort of forage
preservative either at harvest or in the total mixed ration (TMR) wagon.
Using an inoculant at harvest along with harvesting and ensiling
practices can constitute a proactive approach.
When following a recipe, it's often necessary to grab the correct
ingredients at the store in order to get the optimal desired outcome.
Similar to whipping up a cake or mixing your favorite dry rub, creating a
dairy ration requires specific ingredients.
Silage is not immune to the many challenges we face on the farm, and the risks begin before it even becomes silage. Agronomists do their part in helping you grow an excellent crop that should yield excellent feed for the coming year.