Reality-Driven Pricing for Corn Silage

Chuck Zimmerman

Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Forum PodcastShould the cost of purchasing corn silage be driven by quantity or quality? Dr. Bill Mahanna, coordinator of global nutritional sciences for Pioneer Hi-Bred, believes in retiring the 30-year-old rule of thumb, the Board of Trade price for corn times six or seven. Current lab methods and credible indexes are more accurate in determining relative values to dairy operators and fairly compensating silage growers. Bill details various pricing opportunities in a spreadsheet, which he’s willing to share. For a copy, e-mail him at bill.mahanna@pioneer.com.

Audio, Forage Forum, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Podcast

A Report From Beef Board COO Monte Reese

Chuck Zimmerman

Monte ReeseThe last item on the agenda here at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Reno is the board meeting which is going on now. It’s a combined meeting of the Beef Board and NCBA. I thought you might be interested to hear a great report given this morning by Beef Board Chief Operating Officer Monte Reese was on the program at this morning’s board meeting to give a report on the activities of the Checkoff.

Audio, Beef Checkoff

President of the NCBA

Chuck Zimmerman

Mike JohnI don’t know how many dairy producers are members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association but I thought you might be interested to hear from the President. He’s Mike John, from Missouri (left). Mike took over the reigns in January at the annual convention. Here at the Summer Conference he said he was happy to hear about how beef demand has been good recently but knows that there’s a lot of work to do to continue to grow demand for his product.

Audio, Beef Checkoff

Meet The Beefmobile Wrangler

Chuck Zimmerman

Tracey OrsburnTracey Orsburn is one of the Beefmobile Wranglers and is here at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference. She puts in a lot of miles travelling around the country and making sure producers better understand the Checkoff. Her vehicle is also a travelling billboard for beef.

Audio, Beef Checkoff

Cutting Edge Alfalfa Chopping

Chuck Zimmerman

Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Forum PodcastDr. Bill Mahanna, coordinator of global nutritional sciences for Pioneer Hi-Bred, weighs in on the recent interest in the dairy industry about how alfalfa can and should be chopped. The catalyst is the popularity of disk mowers, which allow chopping much lower to the ground. This can increase yields, but at what cost in stand longevity and forage quality?

Agribusiness, Audio, Forage Forum, Nutrition, Pioneer Hi-Bred