Silage Season Has Begun

- Silage season has started in areas across South Dakota as choppers are making their way through cornfields mincing the plants into feed for dairy and/or beef cattle for the coming year. For those unfamiliar with how the silage process works, we have a video of silage harvest from South Dakota Corn Utilization Council director, Jason […]

Corn Comments 10.6 – Farmers Feed the World

- Mobile Link In this week’s Corn Comments segment, Jim Woster talks about the challenges farmers face when it comes to feeding a growing world. With only so much fertile land and water available, farmers are finding ways to grow more per acre with less water, less energy and fewer inputs all while protecting the environment. […]

Silage Season

- While corn harvest has started in the southern to central areas of the United States, South Dakota farmers are in the middle of silage season. Choppers are making their way through cornfields mincing the plants into feed for dairy and/or beef cattle for the coming year. For those unfamiliar with how the silage process works, […]

Livestock remain corn’s #1 customer

- Despite media outlet, Bloomberg’s recently released story titled, “Ethanol Eats More Corn Than Cows,” cattle, chickens and the rest animal feed industry still rank number one when it comes to consuming corn. Bloomberg uses the direct corn use numbers showing that ethanol will consume 5.1 billion bushels and livestock will consume 4.6 billion bushels making a […]

Absolute Hogwash!

- National livestock organizations continue to attack American ethanol and the renewable fuel policies which have been put in place to encourage domestic energy production and provide American’s with a supply of clean-burning fuel. Attack after attack by sending letters to media and law makers about how ethanol is hurting their industry by causing a rise […]

Corn Comments 11.21 – Have a great Thanksgiving week!

- Corn Comments Podcast with Jim Woster. There’s a lot to be thankful for this year in agriculture. Good weather has blessed our state with good yields as South Dakota farmers are set to share their second largest corn crop on record helping to provide food, feed, fuel and fiber to people and livestock around the world. Don’t forget about GrowingOn 2012 Part […]

Picking up the leftovers

- As the sun sets on the 2011 corn harvest in South Dakota, the work is far from over. While some may be putting equipment away, a number of farmers utilize their resources by baling corn residue for bedding, feed or even biofuels. Another option is to graze livestock in those fields. Consider it the second […]

Corn Silage Season

- Late August and early September, or when the corn fields start turning from green to gold usually marks the start for corn silage season in South Dakota. Chopping corn for silage is a very popular practice, especially among cattle feeders as silage contains high energy nutrients and is easily digestible. Keys to a good silage crop […]

Corn Comments 4.4

-   Corn Comments Podcast with Jim Woster. Farmers are continuing to meet demands for food, feed fuel and fiber year after year while continuing to improve our environment by protecting the air, soil, water and wildife on their farms. South Dakota farmers and ranchers are the True Environmentalists.

Where does South Dakota corn go? Livestock

- What happens to South Dakota corn? Where does the 595 million bushels harvested in South Dakota during 2010 go? Much of South Dakota’s corn goes to feed livestock. Even as agriculture has evolved and progressed, using corn as a feed source is still one of the best ways to add value to corn as it […]