May, 2010 / Same Day Haylage Update

The weather of May has been perfect for producing forages of very high digestibility. The sunny days produce lots of highly digestible sugar and starch with very cold nights limiting the respiration losses of that energy. The table at right can be used to determine where your forages are for harvest. If you are still planting corn, STOP. Your losses in haylage quality (and the increased cost of grain to maintain production) are greater than the small yield loss in corn.

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