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  1. FEEDING SECOND-TRIMESTER COWS FOR CALF SUCCESS IN THE FEEDLOT

    With Fall upon us and forages changing from green nutrient dense grass to a brown, less digestible feed stuff it is important to remember the nutrients your second-trimester cows needs. The nutrition your second-trimester cow receives now will set the course for her winter feed needs, as well as, the future performance of her developing fetus.
    To learn more about the nutrition needs of your second-trimester cow and her developing fetus click here.

  2. 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

  3. CATTLE PRODUCERS ARE DEALING WITH DROUGHT CONDITIONS

    Crop farmers are not the only ones dealing with drought conditions. Cattle producers are dealing with drought conditions, as well. Forage quantity and quality decrease in drought conditions. During drought conditions there is very little new growth leaving animals access to older, less desirable plants in the pasture. Nutritional quality of forages that are available is compromised by the stress put on the plant by lack of water and high heat.

    CLICK HERE to read more about how Cattle Producers are Dealing with Drought conditions

  4. IS DROUGHT STRESSED CORN SALVAGEABLE AS A SILAGE CROP??

    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.

  5. LOWER THE REPLACEMENT RATE OF YOUR HERD TO SAVE $$

    What is the replacement rate in your beef herd? The lower replacement rate of your herd, the more cost effective your farm will be.
    Lowering your replacement rate by just 4% can be cost effective. However, you need to remember this will take a few years to accomplish.
    Click Here for tips on how to lower the replacement rate of your herd.

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