Growing Champion Forages

Todd Schroeder set a goal to win the World Dairy Expo’s Forage Analysis Superbowl contest in 10 years. With the help of the Midwestern BioAg soil fertility program and his sales consultant Travis Klinkner, Schroeder achieved that goal last fall. It took the Cashton, Wisconsin, farmer only a few years.
In last year’s contest, the cash crop and beef farmer won the Grand Champion prize for first-time entrants and a cash award of $1,500.
Each year at the Forage Analysis Superbowl, more than $22,000 in cash …

From the Farm of Gary Zimmer

Dear Farmer/Agribusiness person,
My first book, “The Biological Farmer,” came out 15 years ago. Since then, I’ve met hundreds of farmers as I traveled the world in search of innovative biological farming practices and ideas. I’ve spoken with farmers of many different agricultural backgrounds about a variety of topics, including soils, crops, livestock, land, management, and natural resources.
What makes biological farming work? Essentially, support of biological system basics: plant diversity; creating an ideal home for soil life and feeding it well; managing soil, air, and …

Farmers Find Forages Profitable

Forages play many important roles on the farm — as cash crops, livestock feeds, and pastures, and in healthy soil rotations. Midwestern BioAg’s Forage Program can help farmers unlock the full potential of their forage crop and maximize farm profitability.
Forages as Cash Crops
Twenty-year Midwestern BioAg customer Lauren Enzinger raises a large crop of alfalfa and alfalfa-grass mix hay each year. Supplying quality forages to his customer base is a major part of his operation.

Are Your Forages the Best They Can Be?

Now that your 2014 forages are harvested it is a good time for you and your consultant to evaluate them and your ration.
What are we seeing this fall?  There are some reports of this year’s Corn Silage feeding better (more digestible) than the 2013 crop with a 2-3 lb. bump in milk production with higher yields in general. This is causing some farms to feed leftover 2013 silage to low group cows and the 2014 crop to higher production cows.

L-CBF Product Line: The Focus of 2014 Field Research

As part of our product evaluation research this year, the Midwestern BioAg research team is managing plot trials at several locations around southern Wisconsin related to the performance of the L-CBF product line. Staff Agronomist-Jeff Gunderson, Intern-Kyle Dionne and VP of Education, Training and Outreach-Leilani Zimmer-Durand are all working together to evaluate L-CBF product performance along with Midwestern BioAg’s dry fertilizer blends.
Placement and timing of application are the focus of the trials being done this year.

From the Farm of Gary Zimmer

Dear Farmer/Agribusiness person,
I think spring is finally getting close—I saw a robin today. They return as normal, despite our cold, late spring. Considering the weather we’ve had the last couple of years, I’m not sure what ‘normal’ is anymore. This winter seemed normal, at least, more like what I remember of winter as a kid here in Wisconsin. Then again, we remember best those cold, hard times. We also didn’t have the nice warm, water proof winter boots and clothing we have today.

From the Farm of Gary Zimmer

Dear Farmer/Agribusiness person,
It seems like a long time has passed since I last sat down to write for the newsletter. Change is the only for certain thing that happens in life. Somehow we always seem to get a crop—this year was certainly better than last. Sure, it didn’t look that way in the beginning of June. It was raining every day (or so it seemed): the corn was not planted, the hay was getting more mature.

Optimizing Forage Production in 2014

Now that harvest is over and your animals are getting a consistent feed supply for their winter ration, it is a good time to review and evaluate your 2013 forage production with your consultant. Your forage sample test results are your report card along with your yield data. Did you get the yield and quality needed to provide enough consistent high quality forage to optimize production and profitability? If you did, Great! Good Job! You probably have a pretty good idea of what you need to …

Feed Inventory, Do You Have Enough?

Now is a very good time to evaluate what you have and what you still need to put in storage to make it through this next year. Due to the drought of 2012, wide spread winter-kill this spring, wet conditions for planting corn and low carry-over  of feed inventories have left some challenging situations. Due to these variables harvesting the same amount of acres for a certain forage does not work. Also harvesting, storage and feed out shrink must be taken into account.