Tip of the Month

Fertilize small grains for best yield

  • Apply nitrogen at a rate of 90-120 lbs/acre for no-till crops and 60-90 lbs/acre for conventional tillage crops.  Amounts of synthetic fertilizer should be adjusted when manure is applied.
  • Apply phosphorus and potassium in accordance to soil test recommendations.
  • Make herbicide applications while small grains and weeds are within the labeled growth stage for optimal control. 
  • Service harvest equipment now to be ready to harvest at early boot stage of maturity for best harvested forage quality. With current grain prices, forage quality will be critical for the best possible financial situation.

Silage Inoculants - Are They Worth the Money?

Two different types of silage inoculants have been developed and studied as they relate to controlling the fermentation process of ensiled forages. The question becomes, on what crops and under what field and storage conditions are these inoculants the most beneficial.

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How Well Are Your Dairy Cows Performing When It Comes to Milk Quality?

Part 2: Evaluating Cows in the Milking Herd

Regularly reviewing SCC data is an important component associated with managing a successful preventative mastitis program.  By routinely reviewing these results shortly after testing, trends in a positive or negative direction can be detected and corrections implemented, if needed.       

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