Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Story of our Corn Silage

Harvesting corn

Fall is a wonderful time of year. The leaves change colors, days get cooler and it’s time for harvest. We’re currently harvesting corn for silage. Corn silage is fermented forage which includes the entire plant from stock to ear. It’s a popular feed and an important part of our cow’s diet.  
  
Check out my video “The Story of our Corn Silage” to see how the process works.

The story of our corn started last spring as we prepared the fields by disking the soil, picking up rocks and spreading manure as a nutrient. In May, the corn was planted and Mother Nature took over providing the sun and rain necessary for our crop.

In late September, the corn was ready for harvest. The chopped corn is hauled from the field to our dairy where it is packed into a large pile. After the corn is chopped, piled and packed, it’s covered with a plastic tarp and tires to protect the feed. Our cows will enjoy this feed over the next 12 months.

The corn silage is tested for moisture level and nutrients. After evaluating the test results, we’ll work with our nutritionist to incorporate it into the cow’s feed ration.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you got your corn silage done! (I blogged about this myself recently.) I'm a dairy farmer from Minnesota, so it's fun to see other dairy farmers sharing and blogging too. I like your site.

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