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Bonus Silage Tips for December 2004

Agriculture.com Staff 07/07/2010 @ 9:03am

When Mark and Mike Wenger chopped their corn silage, they had the extra task of assessing 26 different corn hybrids for feeding value.

They gathered samples from the hybrids and sent them off to a lab for analysis. From the data, the farm's nutritional adviser can determine which of the hybrids will provide the best feeding value on a "milk per acre" basis.

That is a good first step. But, in order to make a truly informed decision, the Brodhead, Wis., dairy will need to compare its results to silage trials reported by the University of Wisconsin and/or the University of Minnesota.

By utilizing university data, a producer can make a much more informed decision. University trials contain data from multiple plots over multiple years, thus giving the data a higher degree of statistical significance than individual silage plots and giving you better data on which to base feeding decisions.

When Mark and Mike Wenger chopped their corn silage, they had the extra task of assessing 26 different corn hybrids for feeding value.

The presence of mycotoxins in silage can only be determined by laboratory analysis, says Charles Woloshuk, associate professor in the department of botany and plant pathology at Purdue University.

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