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Winter Small Grain Silage Fertility

Mar 28 2013 06:32 PM | downtownjr in Bill's Forage Files

Winter Small Grain Silage Fertility Many farmers planted winter triticale, winter rye, or winter wheat last fall in order to take a spring harvest to make up for the low haylage yields in 2012. Applying enough nitrogen at green-up will be crucial to...

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Bill's Forage Files - Managing Forage Inven...

Jan 23 2013 07:37 PM | downtownjr in Bill's Forage Files

This blog entry is a follow up to "Taking Forage Inventories", an article written for the AgFocus monthly newsletter from January 2013. Many farmers will be short on hay and silage in the coming months and tough management decisions will need to be made in 2013.

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Reducing Hay and Silage Harvesting Losses

Dec 29 2012 09:34 PM | downtownjr in Bill's Forage Files

Reducing Hay and Silage Harvesting Losses


Hay and silage account for half the cost of most livestock farms. Too often, valuable feed is lost: 1) in the field, 2) during storage, and 3) at feeding. In years when feed supplies are tight, it is especially critical to minimize these losses.

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Bill’s Forage Files: Fertilizing Hay Crops, Par...

Jun 26 2012 07:42 PM | UpNorth in Bill's Forage Files

Now that most of the harvest is in for the year it’s time to start planning next year’s fertilizer program. There are a lot of products and claims on the market, but one thing everyone can agree on is that hay crops, whether they are alfalfa, cool season grasses, warm season grasses, other legumes, or alternative crops, require the farmer to apply additional nutrients. The foundation of nutrient management for any crop starts by providing a sufficient level of nutrients throughout the growing season to the crops. Figure 1 below illustrates this concept. Farmers typically start a fertility program by managing N, P, K, and pH levels. Most extension publications and research has been focused here, but other nutrients can be beneficial and are required in some situations.

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