Pest problems have far-reaching effects – Jon Urness, Vita Plus

Posted on May 26, 2016 in Forage Foundations

By Jon Urness, Vita Plus national forage specialist
Wildlife pests found around bunkers, piles and bags are not only an unsightly nuisance, but can also wreak havoc by spreading serious disease threats to livestock and even humans.

Ask the expert: Walls or no walls? – Randall Greenfield, Vita Plus

Posted on January 27, 2016 in Forage Foundations

By Randall Greenfield, Vita Plus dairy specialist

Question:  What makes the most financial sense?  Building a bunker or drive-over pile to store my forages?

Answer:  This question inevitably comes up when considering storage options for ensiled forages and grains. The answer, of course, is always “it depends.” For any specific situation, the ultimate solution could be different than the next. For the purpose of this article, however, I’ll make some generic comparisons.

Communicating the value of your business (Jason Brandt & Jon Urness)

Posted on February 24, 2015 in Forage Foundations
Click here to download Brandt and Urness' PowerPoint presentation. By Jon Urness, Vita Plus national forage specialist, with Jason Brandt, J&A Forage Services Sometimes custom harvesters need to remind their customers of the value they bring to the table when it comes to producing a supply of quality, consistent forages. As uncomfortable as it may

Decisions, decisions, decisions: Buy or lease? (Gary Sipiorski)

Posted on February 24, 2015 in Forage Foundations
Click here to download Sipiorski's PowerPoint presentation. By Gary Sipiorski, Vita Plus dairy development manager Machinery values on a custom harvester’s balance sheet have a lot of zeroes.  Due to the field conditions and customer needs, the machinery sees a lot of abuse and many long hours of use, but it has to work when

Are you in sync with your customers? Here’s what they are saying! (Jon Urness)

Posted on February 24, 2015 in Forage Foundations
Click here to download Urness' PowerPoint presentation. By Jon Urness, Vita Plus national forage specialist Harvest is often a time of high stress on dairies looking to put up high-quality forages and high moisture grains.  The window of opportunity is often ridiculously narrow. Relationships between dairy producers and their custom harvesters can be stretched to

High moisture or dry corn: What do the numbers say? (Dr. Michelle Windle)

Posted on September 4, 2014 in Forage Foundations
By Dr. Michelle Windle, Vita Plus forage products & dairy technical service specialist Fermentation breaks down the starch-binding proteins within the corn kernel.  As a result, high moisture corn (HMC) can feed better than dry corn due to an increase in starch availability in the rumen. However, HMC often spoils quickly upon exposure to air,

Sipiorski: Clutching Key Financial Factors

Posted on December 4, 2012 in Forage Foundations
Just as tractors aren’t what they used to be, the custom harvester business has grown more complex. The four gears on the old tractor kept in the corner of the machine shed aren’t enough to meet the needs of your business today. Gary Sipiorski with Vita Plus helps shift the gears through your custom harvesting