Calibrate Shows How to Reduce New Corn Silage Slump

John Davis

A new test could help cattle producers reduce a phenomenum called new corn silage slump. Calibrate® Technologies has a new testing system that keep cows’ production on track shows by showing producers corn silage starch and fiber digestibility factors. Corn silage is highly variable, says Dr. David Weakley, director of dairy forage research for Calibrate® Technologies. Crude starch, rumen degradable …

Cattle, corn, Silage

FAPRI: Sources for Feed Could Get Even Cheaper

John Davis

Good news for livestock producers and the price of feed. Earlier this month, we told you how a new report from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri said that livestock producers had seen some some high prices for their animals this year, but those prices were expected to taper a bit in the …

corn, Feed

Dinner Discussion Turns to Crop Quality at Alltech Conference

John Davis

One of the highlights of the annual conferences Alltech puts on is the dinner discussions portion of the program. At the most recent Alltech Global Dairy & Beef Conference in Deauville, France, Chuck caught up with Robert Walker, Alltech’s Crop Science Division, who led a discussion dinner on crop yields and quality of crop yields. “We’re driving crop yields, but …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Alltech Global Dairy/Beef, Audio, Beef, corn, Dairy

NPB's Chris Novak to Head NCGA

Joanna Schroeder

National Pork Board (NPB) CEO Chris Novak is heading to the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) as the new CEO beginning October 13, 2014. Novak has been with NPB since 2008. “We’re thrilled to have Chris join us at NCGA,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, a corn grower from Illinois. “He has all the right qualifications to take the reins …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, corn

ISU Seeks Input on DDGs

Joanna Schroeder

Iowa State University is conducting a survey of livestock producers use of feed-related co-products from ethanol production (distillers grains). The survey is focused on the beef, dairy, swine and poultry sectors. It is being funded by a coalition consisting of the Renewable Fuels Association, the Distillers Grains Technology Council and the Corn Utilization Councils from Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. “The …

Agribusiness, corn, energy

Generational Differences Among Dairy Producers

Melissa Sandfort

New research shows how the management style of younger dairy producers and corn growers compares and contrasts with that of their older counterparts. The survey, commissioned by McCormick Company, considered management practices, ownership structures, decision-making processes, business and transition planning, and the role of information — including digital media — in running respondents’ operations. What the study found was that …

Agribusiness, corn, dairy farming, Research

Expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill

Melissa Sandfort

Several major agricultural organizations issued a joint statement today on the official expiration of the 2008 farm bill. The 2008 law governing many of our nation’s farm policies expired on Sunday, September 30th, and the 2012 Farm Bill needed to replace it is bottled up in Congress. While the Senate and the House Agriculture Committees were both able to pass …

AFBF, Agribusiness, corn, Dairy Group, farm bill, Farm Policy, National Milk

Webinar to Address Nutrition Issues Raised by Drought

John Davis

This year’s severe drought in corn country, and the subsequent high prices and lowered availability of corn, has prompted a lot of questions from dairy producers about whether they can substitute fats for cereal grains. Virtus Nutrition will try to answer some of those questions during a webinar entitled “Fat vs. Corn: Time to Re-evaluate” hosted by Dr. Tom Jenkins …

corn, dairy farming

Iowa Begins Testing Milk for Aflatoxins

John Davis

Concerns over drought-induced aflatoxin in milk has prompted the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to call for state screening and testing of milk starting today and running indefinitely. This Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship news release says the order requires milk processors to screen all Grade A and Grade B farm bulk milk pickup tankers and farm …

corn, dairy farming, Government