Better Bunker Silo Management

In this video from the 2016 Vermont Agronomy Plus series, Dr. Limin Kung, Jr. (University of Delaware) describes best management practices for minimizing the losses and optimizing the quality of feed stored in bunker silos. Small management changes can have big economic implications for your farm!

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Can Corn Be Grown in a Living Mulch?

Last week I posted a video on the subject of growing corn in a living mulch in Georgia.  This video covers a similar topic, but with a different legume and a different environment.  In the first part of the video I cover some of Ken Albrecht’s (University of Wisconsin) work on growing corn in a living mulch in Wisconsin.  In this case, however, the legume species is kura clover (a little-known clover that spreads by rhizomes) rather than white clover (which spreads by stolons).  Because this was delivered to a different audience than Nick Hill’s initial presentation, I also included some of his video in that presentation.  The result is poor audio for the second part of the video.  If you get to that portion of the video and want to see Dr. Nick Hill’s talk in its entirety, you can click the link at the top of the video or you can find the presentation below (agronomator.com).

 

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Strategies to Increase Digestibility in Corn Grain and Silage

In this video, Dr. Luiz Ferraretto discusses considerations for maximizing starch utilization in dairy rations.  Concepts include kernel processing (including a simple field-evaluation of kernel processing), time in storage, starch type, fecal starch testing, and other important dairy nutrition concepts.

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Growing Clover in a Living Mulch, Part I

Nick Hill (University of Georgia) joined our 2016 Vermont Agronomy Plus series and shared his experience developing a ‘living mulch’ system for growing corn in Georgia.  Yes, there are many difference between their environment and ours, but the concept is worth contemplating and experimenting with in certain areas of the Northeast.  More on this later.

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Managing and Minimizing Environmental Mastitis

Environmental mastitis is a serious economic issue on U.S. dairies. In this video Dr. Pamela Ruegg (University of Wisconsin) shares practical and valuable insights into maintaining and promoting udder health.

 

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Unlocking the Potential of Starch in Corn and High Moisture Corn Silage

Dr. Limin Kung, Jr. (University of Delaware) discusses the importance of starch digestibility in dairy rations.  There are many things that farmers can do to improve starch digestibility in their dairy ration, from corn hybrid selection to harvest and storage management.

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Are You a Hay Taker or Hay Maker?

High quality forages are an essential element of low-cost milk production in the Northeast.  In this video Dr. Daniel Undersander (University of Wisconsin) discusses strategies for maximizing forage quality and yield.

 

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