Starch Digestibility: Concentrate on the Controllable

Chuck Zimmerman

While ruminant starch digestibility (STRD) is a complex subject, producers’ control can be simplified by addressing basic critical factors: harvest moisture, particle size and length of time in fermentation. Dr. Bill Mahanna, Pioneer Global Nutritional Sciences Manager, offers details, particularly on the influence of moisture and the extent of fermentation in high moisture corn. This is the first in a …

Audio, Dairy Business, Feed, Forage Forum, General, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Podcast

Alltech Symposium Speaker

Chuck Zimmerman

Dairy consultant Dr. Charlie Elrod of Springfield Farm Enterprises in Newfield, New York was a speaker att Alltech’s 23rd International Feed Industry Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky earlier this month. Canadian ag journalist Harry Siemens interviewed Dr. Elrod of Springfield Farm Enterprises about Alltech products and the importance of considering the effects of feed and water on a cow’s rumen. Listen …

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AI Program in Iraq

Chuck Zimmerman

We sure don’t hear much good news from Iraq in our mainstream media these days so I’m glad someone is making the effort to do so. It’s at best unfortunate what we’re seeing and hearing from traditional media and many of our politicians today. One guy who is still trying to get out the good news is Paul McKellips, US …

Audio, Genetics, International

Alfalfa Traits: Manage by Objective

Chuck Zimmerman

To optimize alfalfa performance, one-size-fits-all is no longer in style. Today’s grower can tailor variety selection to manage specific production challenges, observes Dave Miller, Alfalfa Research Director for Pioneer Hi-Bred. The result can be a better fit with bottom-line goals. This includes production objectives based on quantity or quality, as well as defensive objectives for insects, disease and standability. Dave …

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DFA Chairman of the Board

Chuck Zimmerman

Dairy Farmers of America held its annual meeting in Kansas City this week with about 1,000 members in attendance. The theme of the meeting this year was “Members: Our Foundation, Our Focus” and the group had a chance to hear from entertaining futurist Dr. Lowell Catlett and US Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns. In an interview, DFA Chairman of the …

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Alfalfa Genetics: Winning Percentages

Chuck Zimmerman

Among seed genetics, alfalfa is a non-conformist. Due to biological limitations, achieving the genetic uniformity that occurs in corn, soybeans, wheat, etc. is not possible. Within each alfalfa variety, there is a range of performance for critical agronomic categories. As explained by Dave Miller, Alfalfa Research Director for Pioneer Hi-Bred, this is why ratings for disease and insect resistance, fall …

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U. S. Dairy Export Record

Chuck Zimmerman

Yesterday there was some good news in the area of dairy exports according to the U. S. Dairy Export Council. Here’s a report that summarizes the 2006 dairy export results. U.S. dairy exports set a record in 2006 – for the third straight year and are now worth nearly 1-point-9 billion dollars. This report includes comments from U.S. Dairy Export …

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Dairy Industry Testimony on Feed Costs

Chuck Zimmerman

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry held a hearing this week to review the impact of higher feed costs on the livestock industry, specifically as a result of increased demand for ethanol from corn. One of the witnesses was Rob Wonderlich, a producer from Ollie, Iowa who testified on behalf of Dairy Farmers of America. Wonderlich testified …

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