Hoard's Dairyman Crops and Forage Dairy E-Source

Soil and Nutrients

Soil sampling do’s and don’ts
We need to revisit corn’s nutrient needs
Sulfur and potassium deficiency could be reducing alfalfa yields
Manure is in it for the "long haul"
Manure Puts Money in the Bank
Learning from history: Manure’s value is ageless
The Thirst for Water: Cows Versus Crops
Gypsum may enhance soil-growing conditions
Manure Pit Math May Help Phosphorus Issue
Copper sulfate use may bite us
Alfalfa: Lime is a must on low pH soils

Planting

When does replant corn pay?
Consider frost seeding red clover into wheat
Are corn fungicides worth the additional cost?
Place phosphorus correctly
Corn populations and row width deserve review
How many corn hybrids should you plant?

Alfalfa and Grass

Alfalfa: Consider late summer seeding
Harvest decisions dictate alfalfa’s value, fate
Conditioning and wide swaths speed dry down
Grass is finding newfound respect
It's Round 2 for Roundup Ready alfalfa
Alfalfa demands many nutrients
New tool better estimates alfalfa quality
Is alfalfa hay worth the price?
What's a fair price for standing hay?
Wide-swath hay makes more milk
Grass deserves a second look
Disk mowers can devour grass yields

Corn Silage

Do hybrids differ that much in starch type?
Better corn silage is possible
Focus on the big three when buying seed corn
Temperature and moisture drive corn silage yields, values
Corn Silage: High-chop or traditional cut?
Watch Corn Quality as the Weather Warms
Why not all corn feeds the same
Let your corn silage cook awhile

Testing

Forage mineral quality is evolving New!
Repeated sampling generates the best rations
What Fermentation Analysis Can Tell Us
Toward meaningful forage tests
Forage analysis: more vital than ever
Monitoring feed dry matter: Keep it simple and repeatable

Storage

There’s no substitute for plastic on bunkers
Silage piles aren’t always a best buy
Let’s Improve Bunker Management
Packing Bunkers: Five Steps To Getting It Done Right
Little details make all the difference in baleage
Bale silage a great option in wet climates

Costs

What others are charging for custom work
Pennsylvania updates custom and rental rates

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Videos

Corn Silage: Getting it Right!
presented by Mike Hutjens of the University of Illinois
Brought to you by Biotal Forage Inoculants. (www.qualitysilage.com)
To watch the July 2011 video, click here.

New utilizations for corn silage in dairy rations
presented by Mike Hutjens of the University of Illinois
Brought to you by Biotal Forage Inoculants. (www.qualitysilage.com)
Watch the July 2012 webinar below.

This webinar explores new options for traditional corn silage. From snaplage to shredlage, and rumen fermentation measurements all are covered. Hutjens also addresses the economics of 2012 corn silage.

Sorting through your forage supply options
presented by Mike Hutjens of the University of Illinois
Brought to you by Biotal Forage Inoculants. (www.qualitysilage.com)
Watch the special August 27, 2012 webinar below