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Corn Doesn’t Lie

Do you want to know how well grazing corn is working for your cattle? Check their manure.
If the manure is largely free of yellow corn particles, it means the kernels are soft and highly digestible. If the manure contains a lot of yellow fragments, the kernels are hard and more difficult to digest.

Digesting the Facts on Grazing Corn

“One of the biggest advantages of grazing corn is that it produces the most tonnes of any crop,” says Tyler Russell, Western Canadian Manager for NorthStar Genetics Canada. “More tonnes make more energy, which ultimately produces more beef.”

Rotating Your Crops Pays Off

It is well documented that proper crop rotation is best practice for the sustainability and longevity of your farm. Rotating crops in a 3- to 4-year cycle helps lower disease and insect pressure, prolongs herbicide weed resistance when altering groups and adding tank mixes, and helps in tillage and fertility. There are plenty of benefits. So why do farmers deviate from their rotation?

When Corn Gets a Cool Reception

While farmers are usually warm hosts, they would love to give frost the cold shoulder. In years where you can’t avoid it, however, there are some things to keep in mind when frost might get to your silage corn.

The Corn Silage Harvest

Agronomists agree there are two steps involved in harvesting high-quality corn silage. First, determine if the corn has the correct moisture content. Second, make sure to harvest the crop in a timely manner.

Importance of Early Weed Control

By Ron Friesen Western Canadian soybean growers face a tough battle against early weeds this spring after an unusually wet fall left fields in terrible shape. A wet September followed… Read more

What’s Your Plan B for This Spring?

Getting seed into the ground in a proper and timely manner is number one priority for growers each spring. Spring is typically very busy for farmers and industry, and this… Read more