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  • 2021 Corn silage overview 

    Lawrence, Joe; Kerwin, Allison (2021-11)
    The growing season across much of the Northeast started with average to slightly above average heat unit accumulation and below average precipitation. This provided relatively good conditions for corn planting, with trial ...
  • Corn silage harvest timing: Not all growing degree days are created equal 

    Lawrence, Joe (2021-09)
    Corn silage harvest timing has important implications on both the yield and forage quality of the crop as a livestock feed.
  • FACT SHEET 5: Corn Plant Dry Down 

    Lawrence, Joe; Kerwin, Allison (2021-07)
    This series has addressed the influence of dry matter (DM), both whole plant and plant fraction, on corn silage processing score as well as key quality metrics, namely starch content from the recent Corn Silage Processing ...
  • Forage acreage needs calculator 

    Lawrence, Joe (2021-07)
    Understanding and managing forage inventory needs is critical to a dairy farm to assure both adequate quantities and qualities of forage to meet the needs of various animal groups on the farm. A number of methods are in ...
  • Forage acreages needed for dairy herd 

    Lawrence, Joe (2021-07)
    Excel spreadsheet to calculate forage acreages needed for dairy herd
  • Corn nitrogen observations 2021 

    Lawrence, Joe (2021-07)
    In the past, late season nitrogen (N) application to corn was not considered feasible but with currently available application equipment it can be done. Advances in equipment have made it more feasible to apply N later in ...
  • Short on hay this spring? 

    Lawrence, Joe; O'Neil, Kitty (2021-03)
    A number of livestock producers are reporting short hay inventories coming into the spring and, while the warmth of the sun has us optimistic that winter will soon be behind us, the 2021 crop season is still a ways off. ...
  • FACT SHEET 4: Industry snapshot 

    Lawrence, Joe (Kernel Processing Information Series, 2020-08)
    As part of this project,a survey was conducted on corn silage growers in the Northeast. A summarization of some of the main points from the survey may be useful to other producers as they consider management related to ...
  • FACT SHEET 3: Impacts of fermentation 

    Lawrence, Joe; Kerwin, Allison (Kernel Processing Information Series, 2020-08)
    An adequate duration of time for fermentation is often cited as a critical management tool for silages. The first reason is to allow the fermentation process to stabilize the forage as feeding unstable forage can lead to ...
  • FACT SHEET 2: Effect of corn plant characteristics on corn silage processing scores 

    Lawrence, Joe; Kerwin, Allison (Kernel Processing Information Series, 2020-08)
    When evaluating corn silage, the focus is often on total yield. However, when thinking about the harvesting process, and specifically the task of a kernel processor to break apart corn kernels, it is important to consider ...

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