Tips to get the most from your corn stalks
This fall, many producers are questioning if they will have enough hay to get through to spring. Tight hay supplies are making it difficult to find hay as well. Now questions regarding options for corn stalks are beginning to surface, says Jeff Lehmkuhler, Extension specialist at the University of Kentucky.
If corn stalks are being considered, they are best utilized when processed. Feeding stalk bales in a ring feeder can lead to significant waste. The best option for using baled corn crop residues for feed is having the bales processed or flail chopping the residue in the field to aid in drying before baling. This will improve utilization and allow for mixing in a total mixed ration (TMR). Processing the bales with a bale processor and feeding into a bunk is also an option rather than a TMR.
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