Prevent setbacks with pre-harvest inspections – John Brantsen, Vita Plus

Posted on July 29, 2016 in

By John Brantsen, Vita Plus dairy specialist
The Fourth of July has come and gone, corn has started to tassel, and we are officially in the heart of summer. This means the always-exciting corn silage season in the Midwest is less than two months away!  Although this is a great time for producers to slow down, and maybe take a vacation while the corn crop continues its march toward maturity, you should not forget to properly prepare the equipment for harvest and storage of this year’s corn silage.

Producers practice good stewardship with plastic recycling

Posted on July 29, 2016 in Forage Foundations

A dumpster on a dairy farm wouldn’t normally turn heads, but a new type of dumpster is doing that very thing.

This dumpster’s sole purpose is to recycle used ag and silage plastics. Revolution Plastics, headquartered in Stuttgard, Arkansas, offers producers an environmentally friendly option to dispose of the plastics on their farms.

Q&A: Applicator preparation and troubleshooting – Mark Case and Dwain Ewald, Vita Plus

Posted on July 29, 2016 in Forage Foundations

Mark Case is a Vita Plus dairy specialist in western Michigan and Dwain Ewald is a customer service specialist with Vita Plus Gagetown. Case and Ewald work closely with producers to troubleshoot and maintain their inoculant applicators and also support their other forage needs.

Reintroducing Silostop Gravelbags – Jon Urness, Vita Plus

Posted on May 26, 2016 in Forage Foundations

By Jon Urness, Vita Plus national forage specialist
Our Silostop® Gravelbags are not new and they aren’t improved, but sometimes it’s simply worthwhile to draw attention to a product that is often overlooked in the field.

Video – Inoculant applicators: Keep the bugs alive!

Posted on July 30, 2015 in Forage Foundations
 In this video, Dr. Michelle Windle, Vita Plus forage products and dairy technical service specialist, details strategies to keep inoculant bacteria alive. A few common-sense strategies can significantly protect the effectiveness of inoculants and make the most of your investment. Visit our YouTube channel for more helpful tips.

Video – Inoculant applicators: Cleaning and maintenance

Posted on July 30, 2015 in Forage Foundations
 In this video, Jon Urness, Vita Plus national forage specialist, explains the simple steps of cleaning and maintaining your inoculant applicator. Taking a few minutes to clean applicators can prevent major downtime when you're chopping. Visit our YouTube channel for more helpful tips.

Applicator troubleshooting mystery: An elusive solution

Posted on July 30, 2015 in Forage Foundations
By Jon Urness, Vita Plus national forage specialist "Help!  My applicator isn't putting out what it should!" Most everyone who works with forage applicators has heard that plea.  The solution is usually a simple matter of replacing the flexible pump tube on the Dohrmann DE applicators.  However, things were different this time when I received

Unmanned aerial vehicles: A crash course (Chad Colby)

Posted on February 24, 2015 in Forage Foundations
Click here to download Colby's PowerPoint presentation. With Chad Colby, AgTechTalk.com Drones have become a popular subject in mass media, but are still new on the minds of custom harvesters and producers. Chad Colby of AgTechTalk.com got down to the nitty-gritty details and regulations at the recent Vita Plus Custom Harvester Meeting. Colby said, according

Drones: Coming soon to a farm near you! (Chad Colby)

Posted on February 24, 2015 in Forage Foundations
Click here to download Colby's PowerPoint presentation. With Chad Colby, AgTechTalk.com A hot topic in the industry seems to be drones, also called ships and unmanned aerial systems. Chad Colby of AgTechTalk.com explained the importance of this rapidly changing technology at the Vita Plus Custom Harvester Meeting. “At the end of the day, understanding how

On-farm NIR moisture testers: What’s new and what’s exciting? (Dave Taysom & Dr. John Goeser)

Posted on February 24, 2015 in Forage Foundations
Click here to download Taysom's PowerPoint presentation.  Click here to download Goeser's PowerPoint presentation. With Dave Taysom, Dairyland Laboratories, Inc., and Dr. John Goeser, Rock River Laboratory, Inc. Dairyland Laboratories, Inc. was established in 1958 and currently has four locations, serving more than 20 countries. Dave Taysom, Dairyland Laboratories director, explained the company’s role with

Introduction to NIR moisture testers (Dr. Michelle Windle)

Posted on February 24, 2015 in Forage Foundations
Click here to download Windle's PowerPoint presentation. By Dr. Michelle Windle, Vita Plus forage products and dairy technical service specialist Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) was first discovered in the 19th century, with the first industrial applications in the 1950s.  This technology is used today in agriculture, physics, physiology and medicine.  The potential it holds for

Video: Evaluating corn silage processing in the field (Jon Rasmussen)

Posted on September 4, 2014 in Forage Foundations
By Jon Rasmussen, Vita Plus technology specialist Trying to get a handle on corn silage processing while the choppers are moving has gained a great deal of interest in the recent years. A few considerations can help make the evaluation a little less subjective. Start by gathering a fresh corn silage sample in a 32-ounce

Starch and moisture influences on CSPS (Chris Wacek-Driver with Kyle Taysom)

Posted on September 4, 2014 in Forage Foundations
By Chris Wacek-Driver, Vita Plus forage program manager, with Kyle Taysom, Dairyland Laboratories, Inc. The trend of feeding greater levels of corn silage to dairy cows and an influx of new processor designs has heightened dairy industry interest in determining optimal kernel processing.  While it's certainly not the sole factor that determines optimal dietary digestibility

Verify TMR mixer scale accuracy (Emily Templeton)

Posted on August 4, 2014 in Forage Foundations
By Emily Templeton, Vita Plus forage summer intern If it’s not one thing, it’s another when it comes to the up-keep on machinery around the farm.  It’s essential that we take good care of our equipment so it can last longer and we can save a few dollars down the road.  But are we looking

Inoculant applicators: Cleaning and mixing 101 (Vita Plus Forage Team)

Posted on April 21, 2014 in Forage Foundations
Vita Plus Forage Team Winter 2014 seemed like it would never end.  Inevitably, that means that the upcoming planting and haylage season will fly by all too quickly.  As you wait out the last days of cool temperatures and wet fields, take a few minutes to clean up your applicators and review inoculant mixing procedures. 

Does new equipment provide better packing? (Jon Urness)

Posted on April 21, 2014 in Forage Foundations
Jon Urness, Vita Plus national forage specialist At every Vita Plus training session, meeting or other opportunity, we remind folks that, to achieve the best chance of a good silage fermentation, we need to start with a crop that is harvested at the proper moisture, maturity and particle size, then pack that feed to achieve