Measuring and Managing Silage Heat

Cindy Zimmerman

Have you ever wondered where the heat comes from in silage? This really cool infrared camera can read the temperature of a silage bunker and provide a color picture of the variations in heat levels on the face. The camera has gotten cheaper since it first came out a couple of years ago, but it still retails for several thousand …

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Managing High Moisture Corn

Cindy Zimmerman

Dr. Bill Mahanna, nutritional sciences manager for Pioneer, discusses ideal moisture percentages for high moisture corn. Mahanna says high moisture corn and snaplage benefit digestion. He also comments on corn particle sizes and inoculants for high moisture corn. This edition of Forage Forum was recorded at the Pioneer Forage Media day held in September at the Livestock Nutrition Center in …

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Harvest Timing Factors

Cindy Zimmerman

This year, many producers are seeing a delay in corn silage harvest. Bill Curran, Pioneer research scientist, discusses harvest timing factors and how the growing season impacts the nutritional value of the silage. Curran spoke to agricultural media recently at the Pioneer Forage Media day held at the Livestock Nutrition Center in Johnston, IA. Listen to this edition of Forage …

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Fall Alfalfa Management and Corn Hybrid Selection

Cindy Zimmerman

Leo Brown, Pioneer Livestock Information manager, discusses fall alfalfa management and corn hybrid selection for silage at the 2009 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. Brown says producers should evaluate alfalfa stands in the fall. Depending on stand quality, a producer can look to fertilize for optimum spring growth or apply a herbicide treatment to kill the crop for easier …

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Forage Forum From Farm Progress

Cindy Zimmerman

Pioneer has a pretty major presence at the 2009 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois where I met up with silage expert Scott Dennis and talked about silage – past, present and future. Pioneer likes to help producers “get more mileage” from their silage. Dennis explains how Pioneer is unique as a seed company with what they have to offer …

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Bunker Set Up and Management

Cindy Zimmerman

Bunker management can have a serious impact on the nutritional value of silage. Most management revolves around keeping oxygen out of the forage mass. Paul Porter, Pioneer dairy specialist, looks at some keys to bunker management. Listen to this edition of Forage Forum here: [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3?http://zimmcomm.biz/pioneer/pioneer-podcast-61-wdd.mp3] Paul Porter on Bunker Management (5:45 min MP3) To see all archived Pioneer Forage Forum …

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Why Use Inoculants?

Cindy Zimmerman

The most important thing a quality inoculant can do is maintain or retain more of the forage that is put in a bunker. Paul Porter, Pioneer dairy specialist, says that improvement in dry matter recovery can add up to some substantial dollars. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3?http://zimmcomm.biz/pioneer/pioneer-podcast-60-wdd.mp3] Paul Porter on Inoculants (5:30 min MP3) To see all archived Pioneer Forage Forum podcasts, click here.

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Harvest Timing Effects on Corn Silage Nutrient Composition

Cindy Zimmerman

Leo Brown, Pioneer livestock information manager, explains how to improve the nutritional value of corn silage by chopping at an optimal time. Brown also suggests packing well for good fermentation and adequate aerobic stability at feedout. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3?http://zimmcomm.biz/pioneer/pioneer-podcast-59-wdd.mp3] Leo Brown on Harvest Timing (5:30 min MP3) To see all archived Pioneer Forage Forum podcasts, click here.

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High Chop Effects on Corn Silage Nutrient Composition

Cindy Zimmerman

Chop height can have an impact on silage nutrient composition. Leo Brown, Pioneer livestock information manager, discusses how to determine the optimum harvest window for corn silage and how that time frame can impact its nutritional value. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3?http://zimmcomm.biz/pioneer/pioneer-podcast-58-wdd.mp3] Leo Brown on High Chop Effect (5:00 min MP3) To see all archived Pioneer Forage Forum podcasts, click here.

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Crop Specific Inoculation

Cindy Zimmerman

Different crops have different requirements, which is why Pioneer offers crop-specific inoculants. Scott Dennis, Pioneer Hi-Bred ruminant microbiologist, says the goal is to get maximum performance for each crop. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3?http://zimmcomm.biz/pioneer/pioneer-podcast-57-wdd.mp3] Scott Dennis on Crop Specific Inoculation (5:00 min MP3) To see all archived Pioneer Forage Forum podcasts, click here.

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