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Water & Soil Management Are Top of Mind During Harvest

09/28/2013 @ 5:32am

Plot results provide another tool to help dairy producers and nutritionists make more educated decisions about which products work best.  That’s why, at Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, we turn pair forage quality results from the lab with field tonnage results to derive an index referred to as milk per ton or milk per acre.  

Many variables contribute to forage quality.  The most critical variables are weather related, which also happen to be most uncontrollable.  Fertility, planting date, soil conditions, and herbicide programs also factor into overall forage quality.  

Through research and discovery, we strive to identify and understand such variables and develop methods to reduce as many of these as possible. Latham strives to make its research as uniform as possible to gain reliable information, which more accurate reflects performance associated with plant genetics. 

We can also equip growers with tools to help them develop their own on-farm testing system.  Latham’s hallmark Seed-to-Soil® program can help uncover more about the interactions of plant genetics, soil types and weather on your own farm.  

We all know what a difference moisture levels can make to a growing crop.  After a few consecutive seasons of untimely moisture events, water and soil moisture management is top of mind.  It’s important to rehab soils on our farms to increase the soil's water-holding capacity.  Then when we get rain, the soil acts like a sponge that quickly absorbs water and maintains it in the root zone rather than allowing the soil to move through soil as runoff.

This fall you can rehabilitate your soil by seeding a field or two into winter rye, winter wheat and winter triticale.  Start small this year by experimenting with half a field. Begin the process of discovering a whole new level of yield from your acres! 

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