Forage Forum on In Situ Testing

Cindy Zimmerman

Bill Rutherford, Pioneer research coordinator, discusses in situ analysis. In situ testing allows Pioneer researchers direct analysis of inoculant performance and fiber digestibility, providing producers additional product information. Listen to the podcast here: [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3?http://zimmcomm.biz/pioneer/pioneer-podcast-70-wdd.mp3] Bill Rutherford on in situ testing (6:30 min MP3) To see all archived Pioneer Forage Forum podcasts, click here. Subscribe to Forage Forum here.

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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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Pioneer Fiber Technology Platform Explained

Cindy Zimmerman

Pioneer’s introduction last week of the Pioneer® brand 11GFT inoculant was the second in a series of products in the DuPont company’s fiber technology platform. “The fiber technology platform is a new technology that we have been working on in the forage additive area for about the last six years,” says Pioneer Senior Research Manager Bill Rutherford. “Essentially what we’re …

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Pioneer Explores Benefits of Reduced Lignin Alfalfa

Cindy Zimmerman

Developing new varieties of “redesigned” alfalfa with reduced lignin could not only benefit provide benefits for meat and dairy animals, but also play a role in the future of cellulosic ethanol production. Pioneer Director of Alfalfa Research Dave Miller says they believe cellulosic ethanol will need multiple feedstocks and alfalfa is a good fit for a number of reasons. “It’s …

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Pioneer Lab Tests More Reliably Than Others

Chuck Zimmerman

After all the classroom presentations today we got to tour the Pioneer Livestock Nutrition Center. We couldn’t take photos inside but afterward I interviewed our tour guide, Scott Dennis, Pioneer Technical Services Manager, Forage Additives. Cindy took the photo of me interviewing Scott who is pictured on the left. Scott says the facility was originally built in 1993 to measure …

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Pioneer Keeps Animal Welfare Top of Mind

Chuck Zimmerman

The man who got us started here at the Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Media Day is Robin Newell. Cindy spoke to him about the “long look.” He says the Pioneer long look has four components that include: “We strive to create the best products;” “We deal honestly and fairly with our constituents;” “We represent our products vigorously;” “We help our customers …

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Pioneer Introduces 11GFT Inoculant For Better Forage Digestibility

Chuck Zimmerman

Pioneer Hi-Bred announced a new inoculant platform this morning. The 11GFT inoculant is the second in a series of products in the Pioneer fiber technology platform. This one will offer dairy producers another avenue to enhance forage digestibility which will reduce feed costs. The product was developed exclusively for grass and cereal silage and is the first of its kind. …

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Pioneer Forage Media Day Class In Session

Chuck Zimmerman

The Pioneer Forage Media Day has started with class in session at their Livestock Nutrition Center near Des Moines, IA. We have a very good attendance from the ag media. Right now we’re listening to the first presentation by Bill Curran on corn silage reearch. He’s giving us a complete overview of their process for testing and evaluating genetics of …

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