We finished silage a while ago. This year we did it a little different, instead of just corn silage, Brother planted sorghum sudangrass. It can be used as pasture, hay and silage. We chopped it for silage and it made it a lot of feed.
It’s a fairly interesting crop. It looks like corn but grows like a weed. At the time Brother mowed it, it was just about 60 days from planting. It was nearly 9 feet tall in places. It was amazing and next year I am going to try to do a weekly picture of it to show the growth.
After he mowed it, it looked red.
There was red all through it.
It was really pretty, although it wasn’t noticeable after we chopped it. So on to the chopping.
I haul the wagon to the field and back to the pile. Usually I do this with the 560, however due to the location of the field from the pit, I used the truck this time. It worked ok, you can’t get as close to the chopper and
you I can’t back up as well to the wagon with the truck. But I got all the loads where they needed to be.
My SIL can really fill a wagon. Then it goes to the pile.
The wagons work pretty nice, open the pins and let it dump.
A few jerks with the tractor and it’s all in a pile for Brother to push up and pack down.
This year instead of the dozer, he used the 756 with duals and weights. He made a blade for it to push and it worked really pretty good. Other than the clutch is a little hard. I didn’t realize how hard until I used it to move bales. I couldn’t believe how sore my leg was after only 6 bales. I can’t even imagine how Brothers felt after going forward and backwards who knows how many of hundreds of times.
After pushing it around fairly smooth, he then turns around and backs up and down it over and over again and packs it as smoothly as he can.
I can’t think it is the most exciting job he has to do, but it sure looks nice when he is done.
In the meantime, I head back out to the field to drop the wagon and hook it up to the chopper and take the next load in.
SIL runs the chopper most of the time. We seem to make a fairly good team. She fills the wagon, drops them and then I pull up behind her and drop the empty wagon and she back up and I hook her up and she is off again. Then back I go.
Once the pit is full, we take a large tarp and cover it up to hold in the moisture. This starts the fermentation process. By winter this will be great feed for his cows.
I like a full silage pit. Makes me happy that Brother will have plenty of feed to get everyone though the winter. I now have to do some more research on this sorghum sudangrass. I have so far learned that the silage can be feed to goats. Well, seeing as I don’t have a pit or a field to grow it in, I am more curious about using it as a pasture. I have room to cut my pasture into more than one paddock. So I am looking into planting it and then grazing it for the goats and horses and any calves I may or may not have. So this will be something that I will have to study more.