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#16 ducky OFFLINE  

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Posted September 16, 2016 - 07:10 PM

 

Like mentioned watch out for the methane. I have a hard time believing any part of the silage would be poison. Never heard that before and why would you feed something that's poisonous to your cattle.
If the silage had spoiled the would be something totally different. Wish someone would enlighten on this subject.

Sorry a mistake on my cell phone.


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Posted September 16, 2016 - 07:22 PM

Back when we had 2 upright silos, I went up just to see how much leveling needed to be done after filling.  I opened a door several feet above the silage level and below me was a ring of gas next to the wall in about 3 different colors.  I got down fast!  It can kill you in seconds!   I never dreamed of entering a silo following ensiling without running the blower for a good hour first.  As far as the juices flowing out of a silo, it isn't poisonous unless you drank a lot of it.  Anything in excess becomes poisonous including plain water.  I've seen my cows get drunk off those silage juices though!


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Posted September 16, 2016 - 08:32 PM

Like mentioned watch out for the methane. I have a hard time believing any part of the silage would be poison. Never heard that before and why would you feed something that's poisonous to your cattle. 

If the silage had spoiled the would be something totally different. Wish someone would enlighten on this subject.

Yes Methane is a problem in confined manure storage areas but Silo gas is actually nitrogen dioxide, an extremely toxic, yellowish-brown gas with a bleach-like odor. During the fermentation process, oxygen combines with nitrates in plant materials resulting in the production of nitric oxide gas. This combines with oxygen in the environment to produce nitrogen dioxide.  This is more apt to be a problem in young inmature corn that is very high in nitrates.  But as mentioned before we ALWAY run the blower when we leveled the silage and let the unloader down.  It is heavier than air so it will settle down the silo chute and fill the barn.  Take no chances with this stuff.  It KILLS


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Posted September 16, 2016 - 08:37 PM

  This is more apt to be a problem in young inmature corn that is very high in nitrates. . . . .

A year or two ago when we had a bad drought, a lot of the corn just didn't grow for nothing. It grew slow and didn't set ears. When I asked about cutting it for silage, the farmers said that it would make silage bad for the cattle.


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Posted September 16, 2016 - 08:40 PM

A year or two ago when we had a bad drought, a lot of the corn just didn't grow for nothing. When I asked about cutting it for silage, the farmers said that it would make bad silage.

Yes corn like that can be very high in nitrates and cause problem with the cattle.  I believe they call it nitrate poisoning.


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Posted September 16, 2016 - 08:47 PM

We are finshing this job Sunday and going to the 3500 cow operation.

Stay  tuned for more pics.


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Posted September 16, 2016 - 10:47 PM

Just finished reading an article in the Watertown Public Opinion about crop prices. It isn't looking good at all. As mentioned earlier it seemed like there was an awful lot of silage being made and now I know why. Prices are very low and the farmers are selling their corn to the dairy farmers. Maybe if they chop up enough of it the corn prices will go up again. 

I'd guess that land rents will be going down next year. 



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Posted September 17, 2016 - 07:05 AM

Yes Chris, lots of corn out there,good corn too.  We are seeing 25-28 ton per acre, most around that 28 mark.  One field came in at 24 ton but everything else is great corn.  We may be leaving a bit more for shelled corn.  This guy shells some of his corn for grinding.  It is used in building cattle rations.  A lot of rations for milking cows are running 70% corn silage because they can get good milk production with those high energy rations.


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Posted September 18, 2016 - 10:10 AM

I noticed yesterday they are picking corn around where i live ,,,must be fall



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Posted September 19, 2016 - 10:50 PM

Well we move but it was dump cart day so only a few good pics but it will give a feel for the equipment being used.

 

This is a pic of the neighbor applying Liquid manure to a harvested corn field

 

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Posted September 20, 2016 - 12:32 AM

Here is a link to my U tube channel with some Video of corn silage 2016.

https://www.youtube....eUoiR9eRpbrFTXA


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Posted September 20, 2016 - 11:15 PM

We got along side the chopper this afternoon. Also a shot from the pile.

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Posted September 21, 2016 - 06:29 AM

Packing the pile is always the fun part!


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Posted September 21, 2016 - 10:31 PM

Packing the pile is always the fun part!

Ain't that the truth.


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Posted September 22, 2016 - 07:08 AM

Ok Ducky why is everyone using Claas choppers now? I here it is like this everywhere? Did the other guys tick off the farmers or are these rigs that much better?




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