Corn Silage: Predicting Moisture Level & Harvest

With corn silage, you only get one shot to harvest so it’s important to time it out right. There are several methods you can use to accurately predict the optimal time to harvest silage. In the podcast Corn Silage:  Predicating Harvest & Moisture Level, UW-Extension dairy nutritionist Randy Shaver, corn agronomist Joe Lauer and county […]

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Hydrogen Sulfide Health Hazards

Since the early 1960s, nearly 150 people have died in the U.S. because of manure-related gas incidents in confined spaces (NCERA 2016). Of those cases, about half occurred on dairy operations. Almost 25% involved a young person under the age of 16. The most common activity at the time a person died was conducting repairs […]

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Reducing Risks from Manure Storage Agitation Gases

Since the early 1960s, nearly 150 people have died in the U.S. because of manure-related gas incidents in confined spaces (NCERA 2016). Of those cases, about half occurred on dairy operations. Almost 25% involved a young person under the age of 16. The most common activity at the time a person died was conducting repairs […]

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Notes From the Field

Notes from the Field: Death of a Farm Worker After Exposure to Manure Gas in an Open Air Environment — Wisconsin, August 2016 Nationally, farm “confined space” deaths (or injuries and close calls) are relatively common with 1,873 cases identified since 1964 in bins, silos, transport vehicles, and manure storage structures (NCERA 197, 2016).  Of […]

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August 2017 Dairy Situation & Outlook

Professor Bob Cropp’s 2017 August Dairy Situation & Outlook  full report is now available for download at UW Understanding Dairy Markets.  An exert follows below:  …Slower growth in milk production, good domestic sales of butter and cheese and higher dairy exports strengthen dairy product prices which pushed milk prices higher in August.…U.S. dairy exports in the first half of the […]

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