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Silage corn grown during drought can lead to feed quality and safety issues.

Drought-stricken corn can make dangerous silage

High nitrate levels, moulds and toxins might prevail


Much of this year’s corn crop across the southern Prairies has been once again hit by drought. My photograph of a southern Manitoba cornfield in mid-August shows one of the worst cornfields I have ever seen. It tasselled out early with curled grey leaves and no visible cobs on its stalk. Most whole plants were […] Read more



AGCO introduces two new RB Series silage balers to 
North America. They are based on a Lely design.

PHOTOS: AGCO introduces the RB Series round baler

Lely-influenced round balers join 
the MF family in North America

European expatriates will certainly be familiar with the Lely brand of equipment. The brand has had a presence here in North America for several years as well, and long-time Canadian dairy operators will be well aware of their barn systems. But the brand has had a strong presence in the hay and forage sector overseas […] Read more

Establishing a corn crop for grazing or silage

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q: What are some factors to consider when establishing a corn crop for grazing or silage? A: Corn is a great option for grazing or silage, but there are several factors to consider when you’re establishing your corn crop. Crop rotation, fertility, plant depth and population, planting date and soil temperature and weed control are […] Read more


An insect was causing these pinholes in Lenny’s crop. But which one? Not all corn varieties were impacted.

Crop advisor casebook: Pest leaves puzzling pinholes in corn silage

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the January 8, 2019 issue of Grainews

Lenny is a central Alberta producer who owns a farm west of Irma where he grows corn silage for his purebred Simmental cattle herd. We have been working with Lenny and his corn silage plot for three years now, and I examine the plot about once every week during the growing season to monitor its […] Read more

Ben Stewart talks to farm tour members about an annual forage seeding including triticale and forage brassicas that will be cut for swath grazing.

Species diversity is key to year-round grazing

Annual seedings provide important support to perennial pastures

Ben Stewart believes in using a diverse mix of annual, biannual and perennial forages in his summer pasture and winter feeding program to improve rates of gain on his cattle, reduce winter feeding costs and improve soil health. The fact that he also works with a company that sells forage seed might make him a […] Read more


New crops equal new feeding practices

Adding corn to rotations is changing livestock 
feeding practices in Western Canada

As corn moves into Western Canada, so does the opportunity for livestock producers to diversify and improve the diet of their animals. Beef and dairy producers in the west have embraced corn as part of their animals’ ration and are increasing corn acres rapidly. Traditionally, beef cattle in the west have been fed with one […] Read more



Right and wrong fermentation

Dairy Corner: If silage moisture is too high going in, it can affect feed quality and palatability

This autumn, I have seen a variety of corn fields being chopped into silage for dairy cattle. While some of this corn was dried enough to make some good quality corn silage, I was surprised when I saw some producers literarily harvested green chop. After all, they were faced with another rain shower, which forced […] Read more