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Where To Buy Corn Stalks Near Me

Severe drought and conversion of hay acres to corn production hascontributed to a shortage of forage for feeding dairy cows. Estimates indicatethat there will not be enough forage supply to feed the current dairy cow populationin drought stricken areas. Dairy producers are looking for forage alternativesthat will extend their current feed supply, without sacrificing milkproduction. Corn stalks appear to be a cost effective purchase to supplementforage inventories.

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Corn stalks are high in fiber content and can slow passage rate.Over-feeding corn stalks, particularly to lactating cows, will result infeeding a ration too high in fiber content that will slow passage and reducedry matter intake. General recommendations are to feed no more than 20 percentof the forage ration to lactating cows. If the ration is cheapened too much, decreasingmilk production will result and profitability will be sacrificed. While dairyfarmers are constantly challenged to reduce feed costs, it should not be done bysacrificing milk production.

Corn stalks have similar nutrient contents to straw. Dairy producerswho have already inventoried straw for dairy rations may not want to addcornstalks into their rations. The nutrient content range can be largedepending on the percentage of stalk, leaf, husk, cob and grain content.Sampling and testing is critical for proper ration formulation.

Given current prices of forages and grain concentrates, corn stalksappear to be favorably priced using Feedval2012 to comparefeedstuffs. Feedval 2012 is a feed pricing spreadsheet that can be found online,through the Dairy CattleNutrition, University of Wisconsin Extension website.

Body Condition Scoring (BCS) isan important management tool used on dairy farms to ensure that cows possessproper fat reserves. Opinions vary as to the proper BCS dairy cows should possessat the beginning of lactation. Most agree that cows should have a BCS within0.5 dry off. Condition scoring can be used in evaluating ration quality.Feeding high fiber feedstuffs, such as cornstalks, can assist producers to extendingforage supplies and reducing ration cost; however precautions must be taken toensure that inclusion rate is not too high resulting in less than optimal fatreserves. Observation of BCS should be used in the evaluation of corn stalkinclusion rates. If cows are not gaining condition and body weight through latemid and late lactation, rations should be re-evaluated and reducing corn stalkinclusion rate considered.

Harvesting and feeding of corn stalks has been conductedin an assortment of methods. Each mechanical harvest and feeding system willchange the proportion of stalk to leaf to husk ratio. This ratio will have agreat effect on the nutritive value of the feedstuff. Consequently feed testingis important.

Corn stalks can be cost effectively included in lactationcow rations. Producers need to be use caution and not add corn stalks atexcessive inclusion rates. If dry matter intake is depressed causing milkproduction to drop and body condition to be adversely affected, inclusion ratemust be reduced. For more information about feeding of corn stalks to lactatingdairy cows contact Frank Wardynski,Ruminant Educator with Michigan StateUniversity Extension.

Figuring out the true value of corn stalk bales can be a bit tricky, but breaking down the costs can help arrive at some numbers for consideration. First, look at the value of nutrients removed from the field that may need to be replaced. For every 40 bu/ac of corn, approximately one ton of residue is produced. Each ton of corn residue contains 17 lb N, 4 lb P2O5, 37 lb K, and 3 lb S. With rising fertilizer prices, stalks this fall will contain up to $34 worth of nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, and sulfur per ton.

Do all those nutrients need to be replaced? Not necessarily for each field. With most Nebraska fields at sufficient K levels, we mostly consider replacing the other nutrients. The nitrogen replacement may also be flexible due to potential increased mineralization that can occur due to the change in C:N ratio with residue removal. Thirty-six studies over 239 site-years showed a 3% average yield increase when residue was removed vs. not removed, in locations where water was not a limiting factor. The yield increases are hypothesized to be from more even plant stands and/or from increased soil mineralization. At South Central Ag Lab near Clay Center, 8 years of residue removal also showed increased yields in spite of a net negative nitrogen balance by removing residue (more nitrogen removed with the residue than what was applied for the crop). Using manure as an amelioration treatment in that study increased both the grain yield and the grain nitrogen content when residue was removed (Schmer, et al.). For purposes of this article, we provide an estimation of total costs based on different options of nutrient replacement.

To find the value, we need to compare a corn stalk/distillers grain diet with what it would be replacing. Dr. William Edwards, Iowa State emeritus ag economist worked on this problem in the worksheet here: -70.pdf. For his example, the original diet consisted of 2.6 ton alfalfa-brome hay and 0.3 ton dry distillers grain. One ton corn stalks replaces 1.16 ton of hay and requires an additional 0.22 ton distillers grain.

By using this formula, we are able to calculate a potential value corn stalks have as a feedstuff. One final factor to consider is market demand. When feeds are limited, the natural market fluctuations are out of our control and demand can raise market values higher than we might estimate through basic calculations. This opportunity cost of buying or selling on the market should also be considered as we make crop production and feeding decisions. Of course, regional differences will occur, so change the values for dry distillers grain and hay to match your local prices.

There's nothing quite like heading to a local farm to pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, navigate through a corn maze, take a hayride, and enjoy good old-fashioned fall fun! During the months of September and October, area farms open their doors and invite visitors to do just that. Our handy guide will help you find the best pumpkin patch near you.

The Market is stocked with all kinds of Fall goodies, lots of novelty candies, Apple Cider, Caramel Apples, Fry pies, Amish Baked Goods, and the new fudge company is to die for!! We REALLY have the Fall décor! Pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds, mums, ornamental peppers, cabbage and kale plus lots of other Fall foliage plants. The creativity at the Farm during Fall is absolutely limitless!!

In some countries, like Peru, the whole corn plant is chopped and fed to horses fresh, especially in areas where there is a shortage of grazing. Corn silage is fed in some parts of Northern Europe as well, particularly during times when horses are not allowed out on the pastures. These practices were also fairly commonplace in the past in the United States but have fallen out of favor over the past few decades. The reason is fairly simple: it is easier to go to the local feed store and purchase a bag of fully fortified, nutritionally sound horse feed and bales of good-quality hay.

The risk of horses getting sick from the ear corn or the stalks is too great for many horse owners. Ear corn and stalks might harbor mycotoxins produced by molds (Fusarium spp.) that develop when the corn plant is grown under adverse weather conditions. The mycotoxin fumonisin seems to be the most devastating to horses, causing equine leukoencephalomalacia (also known as moldy corn poisoning or blind staggers), which brings about facial paralysis, ataxia, and potentially death. Risks with feeding corn silage also include bacterial contamination, such as Clostridium botulinum which causes botulism, and Listeria moncytogenes, which causes listeriosis.

Co-pyrolysis of sewage sludge and corn stalks produces different carbonization characteristics under different conditions, which has the agricultural benefit potential to promote corn growth and sequester C in coal mining area. 041b061a72

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