Why should you buy Channel Seed???

Channel Seeds not only offers a strong product lineup for our grain producers, but Channel can also provide top milk production per acre with Channel silage products. A local test conducted in 2016 by F.I.R.S.T. trails at Gerald Smith’s farm in Martinsburg, PA shown that Channel had the number 2 and 3 milk/acre hybrids in trail.  The 107 and 110 day hybrids have shown solid performance in the field and in the milk tank for the last several years.  Visit with one of our sales team members for more information.  Channel programs and discounts are currently in place until November 22nd!!  Click on the link to look at the independent test results that are local to our area!!!2016-first-trials-martinsburgpa-silage


A lot of area corn crops have been compromised by drought stress and are expected to yield little or no grain.  However, your corn crop may still be salvageable as a silage crop.

With proper management, drought stressed corn can make good animal feed, but there are several precautions to be aware of before harvesting including: proper moisture content for optimal fermentation, potentially toxic levels of nitrates that can accumulate in plant tissues, harvest intervals of pesticides and herbicides recently applied to the field, and consequences of stalk removal on soil fertility and soil moisture retention.  Additionally, be sure to check with your crop insurance agent before harvesting for forage or silage or you may forfeit indemnities.


Click Here to read more about utilizing drought-stressed corn for Silage.



The long hot days of Summer can have an effect on milk components.  You may have already started to see a decline in milk fat and protein concentrations. Cows with heat stress tend to have a lower dry mater intake which leads to decrease in milk production.
However, there are nutritional strategies that can improve milk components in the summer.
Click Here to read more about how your herd’s milk production can be effected by the summer heat.

How does the heat effect your dairy herd?

Mild heat stress in your dairy herd can be begin when the Temperature Humidity Index (THI) is as low as 68. Once the (THI) reaches 80, moderate to severe heat stress begins. Decrease in milk production can begin at this time along with other negative impacts on your dairy herd.
To read more on how the hot summer temperatures can have an effect on your dairy herd click on the link below.


How Winter Affects Your Cow Herd

Cold temperatures increase cattle’s energy requirements in order to maintain their core temperature or body heat. Wind is one of your herd’s biggest enemies during the cold winter months. Barns, as well as trees or fenced-off hay bales, provide protection from the wind while out in the pasture.

Be sure to provide an adequate water supply and a place to stay dry in wet conditions to keep your herd healthy.

Always check your cattle frequently when snow accumulation is expected. Cattle, calves especially, can become trapped and suffocate.

To learn more about protecting your herd from the cold, click here.