Hoard's Dairyman Farm
Store and feed baleage for maximum value
Sept. 24, 2019
Moving from a dry hay system to baleage involves additional capital investment. In fact, it’s a major reason why many hay producers don’t make that switch.Even with the additional cash outlay for...
Why not bag it?
Sept. 5, 2019
AS I travel around, I see a lot of silage in uncovered piles, many for use by cow-calf or backgrounding operations. Looking at the amount of surface spoilage and knowing about the other major so...
Silage pile construction: a life and death matter
Nov. 27, 2017
Forage quality and consistency rank near the top of every dairy producer’s list as key influences on farm profitability...
There’s a downside to delayed wrapping
Nov. 15, 2017
Wrapping moist, large round or square bales in plastic to create an anaerobic environment for silage fermentation has gained steadily in popularity, particularly for small and midsized dairy or beef producers...
Silo bags have limits
Aug. 21, 2017
As the realization of the work and endless tasks begins to bear down each spring, the anticipation of a new crop year can quickly turn to anxiety. Juggling the spring workload requires wel...
The perfect 2-for-1
Feb. 1, 2017
It seems pretty rare to find a 2-for-1 deal that is of value. It can also feel frustrating when proposed practices to protect the environment impede your ability to remain efficient...
He no longer wraps hay as a last resort
Dec. 13, 2016
“Our failure rate was just too high,” said Dan Funke to those in attendance at the California Alfalfa & Forage Symposium.The veteran Larchwood, Iowa, haymaker was referring to his abilit...
He's the wrapper guy
June 28, 2016
“Mike, you need to come down here. I’d like to talk to you,” related the voice over my office phone in late April. I would soon learn that voice belonged to Willie Foster, a man who has a...
Silage bags remain popular as a storage option
March 23, 2016
The author is a forage consultant in Bay City, Wis. Several years into my forage career I encountered a high-producing, well-managed herd struggling with managing forage piles. It wasn’t...
Ag plastic recycling remains a challenge
Jan. 22, 2016
The New York state agricultural plastics recycling program is one of the best in the nation. Even so, there’s still plenty of room for more involvement by farmers and agencies. Billions of pou...