Silage

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.

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There was red all through it.

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It was really pretty, although it wasn’t noticeable after we chopped it. So on to the chopping.

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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.

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My SIL can really fill a wagon. Then it goes to the pile. 20161015_122623

The wagons work pretty nice, open the pins and let it dump.

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A few jerks with the tractor and it’s all in a pile for Brother to push up and pack down.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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