Harvest Planning

DAMN THE TORPEDOES! - Admiral David Farragut

DAMN THE TORPEDOES! - Admiral David Farragut

What does Admiral David Farragut has to do with chopping silage? What does “full speed ahead” look like at my place?


Talk It Up Out There!

Talk It Up Out There!

You have one chance to turn high crop growing inputs into fantastic feed. Don’t blow it on lazy communication.

During times of high-stress potential, you can’t communicate too much. Stick to your plan, assume nothing, and commit to doing the job right.

Do it Now! Corn Silage Harvest Plan

Do it Now! Corn Silage Harvest Plan

Here is a basic list of things to do in preparation for corn silage harvest. Check off them as you go.

Know Your Dry Matter!

Know Your Dry Matter!

Choppers are rolling, trucks are roaring, pack tractors traverse back and forth over carefully shaped drive-over piles.  Before you started, you made a determination of the dry matter (DM) in your corn. But what has time, heat and wind done to % DM? And why is it crucial to know this value?

A-HAH Moments

A-HAH Moments

Don’t you just love it when someone says something that you’ve heard before and you may already believe – but they say it in such a way it makes you think: “A-HAH!  I never thought about it that way!”

Dr. Limin Kung spoke to a group of farmers for us in 2013. Not a lot has changed in the inoculant world. There are inoculants worth putting on, with repeated research to back them up, and there’s everyone else.

Are You Dense?

Silage pile and bunker density is one more important factor in silage success. It all goes back to the rush of silage harvest. When delivery to the pile is too fast, blade tractor operators tend to rush, layering silage too thick on the pile, and not properly packing it. Especially when they are the only weight on the surface.