Comparing handheld NIR meters on farm

Posted on May 19, 2022 in Forage Foundations
Dr. Michelle Chang-Der Bedrosian, Vita Plus – The phrase “trust, but verify” can describe the approach many producers take to new technology, including handheld NIR meters. Here are some tips to verify the technology’s accuracy on your farm.

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.

The value of alfalfa seed treatments – Steve Murty, Vita Plus

Posted on February 1, 2019 in Forage Foundations

By Steve Murty, Vita Plus forage products specialist
Seed treatments, such as seed coatings, can provide the seed more protection once it is planted, but examining the individual components of the treatment will help determine its value.

Are silage plastics old news? – Meghan Gebhardt, Silostop

Posted on February 1, 2019 in Forage Foundations

By Meghan Gebhardt, Silostop regional manager
Each year, silo plastics help preserve quality silage, however, it also creates several thousand pounds of waste.  Luckily, other options to limit plastic waste are growing in popularity.

Aerial imagery as a scouting tool in cropping systems – Scott Rowntree, Pioneer

Posted on July 24, 2018 in Forage Foundations

By Scott Rowntree, Pioneer® field agronomist and certified crop advisor
Agriculture has seen many technological advancements that have led farms to be more efficient, productive and profitable.  Aerial imagery is one of these technologies that can help farmers scout their crops more efficiently.

Planter technology advancements – Dr. Brian Luck, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Posted on March 23, 2018 in Forage Foundations

By Dr. Brian Luck, University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor and extension specialist
Planter technology has advanced rapidly over the last five to 10 years.  New planter technologies are being designed to improve seed placement and overall planting operation efficiency.

2018 Wisconsin agronomy update meeting recap

Posted on January 25, 2018 in Forage Foundations

Each year, the University of Wisconsin Department of Agronomy and UW-Extension holds Wisconsin Agronomy Update Meetings throughout Wisconsin.  Department professors provide seed hybrid and variety performance, review last year's growing season, and give their recommendations for field crop production. 

How’s your forage inventory? – Jon Rasmussen, Vita Plus

Posted on November 20, 2017 in Forage Foundations

By Jon Rasmussen, Vita Plus dairy technology specialist
This is an important question to consider and you can answer it in many different ways.  Regardless of how you answer the question, it is important to periodically take inventory of your forages throughout the year to help make several high-value decisions.

Alfalfa checkoff program

Posted on May 23, 2017 in Forage Foundations

Alfalfa is the fourth most valuable field crop in the United States, and it’s also a key component of sustainable agricultural systems.  Despite these advantages, planted acres have decreased for more than two decades.  Beth Nelson, president of the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA), believes this decrease can, in part, be attributed to the lack of public policy and research into alfalfa.

Drones as Tools – Mitch and Zach Fiene, DMZ Aerial

Posted on March 16, 2017 in Forage Foundations

“Technology doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated,” said Mitch Fiene.  “It should make you more efficient at what you do.”

During their presentation at the Vita Plus Custom Harvester Meeting, Mitch shared some of the tools he and his cousin, Zach Fiene, are developing at their company, DMZ Aerial.

Phones and Tablets – Terry Seubert, Vita Plus

Posted on March 16, 2017 in Forage Foundations

Whether you like it or not, mobile devices are a part of our everyday lives.  Selecting the right mobile device can help custom harvesters manage their businesses efficiently.  During his Vita Plus Custom Harvester Meeting presentation, Terry Seubert, Vita Plus IT services development coordinator, outlined several important things to consider when buying a new mobile device.

Tools to Expand Your Forage Team – John Brantsen, Vita Plus

Posted on March 16, 2017 in Forage Foundations

When you’re facing tight harvest windows and a lot of fields to chop, putting up the highest quality forages is no small task.  As John Brantsen, Vita Plus dairy specialist, discussed during his session at the Vita Plus Custom Harvester Meeting, improving forage quality can significantly impact profitability.

Satellite Imagery: From Space to the Field – Dr. Phil Townsend, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Posted on March 16, 2017 in Forage Foundations

The space age has come to the farm.  Digital imagery – from satellites, drones and other devices – is becoming more readily available and easily accessible with each day.

Case study: Forages scorecarding to evaluate quality – Dr. Michelle Windle, Vita Plus

Posted on January 26, 2017 in Forage Foundations

By Dr. Michelle Windle, Vita Plus forage products and dairy technical service specialist
The winter months often offer a time to reflect on the past year’s work, including the forages program.  To assist with that review, Vita Plus has developed a forage scorecard to help highlight areas of your forages program where you excel and areas for improvement. 

Utilizing the hybrid seed corn spreadsheet – Jon Rasmussen, Vita Plus

Posted on January 26, 2017 in Forage Foundations

By Jon Rasmussen, Vita Plus dairy technology specialist
Many farmers can still remember buying seed corn from a neighbor because he was a seed dealer and right next door.  Those days are long gone and producers now have to select from a variety of seeds that will give them the best return on their land while meeting all of their livestock’s needs.  This requires using more university-based research to sort through the many available hybrids.

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, Drones have become a popular subject in mass media, but are still new on the minds of custom harvesters and producers. Chad Colby of got down to the nitty-gritty details and regulations at the recent Vita Plus Custom Harvester Meeting. Colby said, according