Reflections on the 2020 U.S. custom harvesting season

Posted on December 16, 2020 in Forage Foundations

With Glen Jantzen, Raph Jolliffe and Jon Orr
The 2020 harvest season was a year unlike any other, but many U.S. custom harvesters adapted and chopped quality forages for their customers. We caught up with three U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. board members to get their reflections on this year’s harvest.

VIDEO: Introducing the SCiO Cup: A portable dry matter analyzer

Posted on December 16, 2020 in Forage Foundations

Nathan Hrnicek, Vita Plus forage consultant, introduces the SCiO Cup by Consumer Physics and demonstrates how to use it to receive instant and accurate dry matter analyses of your forages.

Does fermentation change corn silage processing?

Posted on December 16, 2020 in Forage Foundations

By Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor and extension specialist
Recent corn silage field studies have addressed whether fermentation can make up for inadequate processing at harvest.

Advancements in silo plastic coverings

Posted on December 16, 2020 in Forage Foundations

By Dr. Michelle Chang-Der Bedrosian, Vita Plus forage products and dairy technical specialist
Quickly eliminating oxygen from silage and keeping it out during storage is integral to maintaining silage quality. Silo plastic coverings play an important role in achieving this goal, and advancements in this technology continue meet the challenge.

Even texters and drivers hate texters and drivers (in farming too)

Posted on December 16, 2020 in Forage Foundations

By Kate McAndrews, Vita Plus sales manager
Cellphone use while operating equipment is a form of distracted driving and it is extremely dangerous. If you don’t have a safe communication system in place for you and your farm crew, developing a plan in the offseason would be time well invested. 

Best practices for high moisture shelled corn and snaplage harvest

Posted on October 16, 2020 in Forage Foundations

By Mark Case, Vita Plus dairy specialist
Depending on who you ask, you can get drastically different answers regarding how to tell if high moisture shelled corn and snaplage are ready for harvest, so we consulted the experts to make sure we get it right.

Considerations for harvesting stalklage

Posted on October 16, 2020 in Forage Foundations

By Dr. Matt Digman and Dr. Kevin Shinners, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Biological Systems Engineering
Corn residue, or stover, is often harvested as dry bales for roughage feed or bedding. However, the window of opportunity for drying is limited at this time of year. An alternative harvest option is to chop and ensile it as stalklage.

VIDEO: Managing high moisture corn

Posted on October 16, 2020 in Forage Foundations

Stephanie Jens, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, joins Dr. Michelle Chang-Der Bedrosian, Vita Plus, to provide high moisture corn management tips to store and prevent spoilage in the silo, as well as feed it.

Sizing up your forage future

Posted on October 16, 2020 in Forage Foundations

By Nathan Hrnicek, Vita Plus forage consultant
It is important to have the correct storage space for all of your forages. If you are considering new storage structures, keep in mind the amount of space and feed you need now, as well as in the future, and how it works into your feedout strategy.

2020 harvest: How did it go?

Posted on October 16, 2020 in Forage Foundations

Across most of the Midwest, corn silage harvest is complete. Vita Plus staff across the area provide a quick recap of this year's corn silage harvest and a preliminary quality assessment.

7 Times Measuring the Moisture Content of Feeds Pays Off

Posted on September 25, 2020 in Forage Foundations

By Dr. Michelle Chang-Der Bedrosian, Vita Plus forage products and dairy technical specialist
While most producers are concerned about moisture content around harvest time, it can be beneficial, as well as profitable, to measure moisture content at these seven times throughout the year. 

Choosing an inoculant for earlage

Posted on August 17, 2020 in Forage Foundations

By Dr. Luis Ferraretto, University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor and extension specialist
As you make final preparations to harvest this year's corn crop, make sure you are using the best inoculant for the crop you are harvesting, this includes corn silage and other fractionated corn silages, such as earlage.

VIDEO: Preparing your kernel processor

Posted on August 17, 2020 in Forage Foundations

Part of a successful corn silage season is having a fine-tuned kernel processor. To help you get prepared for this year's harvest, we walk you through how to check if your kernel processor is ready to hit the fields.

2020 harvest: Go time is close

Posted on August 17, 2020 in Forage Foundations

The 2020 corn crop looks good in much of the Midwest.  Vita Plus staff across the area provide a quick recap of this growing season and estimated corn silage harvest start dates.

VIDEO: Harvest for high moisture corn

Posted on August 17, 2020 in Forage Foundations

Stephanie Jens, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, joins Michelle Chang-Der Bedrosian, Vita Plus, to offer a few tips to harvest and store high moisture corn, including choosing the right inoculant, keeping inoculant lines from freezing, and grinding the corn to optimize starch digestibility.

When’s the right time to seed forages in late summer?

Posted on August 17, 2020 in Forage Foundations

By La Crosse Seed
August and September give many producers across the Midwest another window of opportunity to establish perennial forages, and seeding in late summer offers several advantages compared to spring.