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Discussion Board - Storing Dry Corn in Silage Bag

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07-30-2014 05:12:53

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We are thinking about storing some extra dry corn this fall to feed our steers with. Our plan is to store the corn in a silage bag, how dry does the corn need to be going into the bag so it doesnít mold. We were also tossing up the idea of rigging up a bin fan to the end of the bag to dry the corn down a few points if needed. Do you think that would work? There arenít any silage baggers available around here to rent so we, are going to make a hoop to support the silage bag and use a silage blower to fill the bag. Any ideas if it would work or to make it better? Thanks guys.

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07-30-2014 21:29:38

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 Re: Storing Dry Corn in Silage Bag in reply to AdamOH, 07-30-2014 05:12:53  
The blower will do some physical damage to the kernels, creating fines, no matter what moisture.

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07-30-2014 19:17:03

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 Re: Storing Dry Corn in Silage Bag in reply to AdamOH, 07-30-2014 05:12:53  
Local grain buyer has a rig that puts dried corn into bags for storage during combining season for temporary storage. Seems to work pretty good...

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07-30-2014 21:55:38

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 Re: Storing Dry Corn in Silage Bag in reply to donjr, 07-30-2014 19:17:03  
donjr -- Is there still a company in your area that will come and shell your ear corn for the cobs? I believe they ground the cobs and it was used for chicken house litter. I remember seeing that years ago in Baltimore County when we used to haul goats to Lancaster and holstein heifers back from various Maryland and Pennsylvania sales and farms. Another thing I always wondered about was those dairy farms seemed to all be 120 acres, that seems an odd size to me as most every where it is 1/4 section, 1/2 section etc. was there a particular reason or was everything broke down into 40's years ago and somewhere along the line it was decided three 40's was a workable size farm? There were a lot of dairy farms in Baltimore and Harford county in the 70's and 80's and those old farmers that ran them worked, not much fancy equipment, mostly just the basics and they did it all themselves, I know they had a good fluid milk market but it was still impressive what they accomplished. Lots of bib overall millionaires at that time.

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07-31-2014 05:40:39

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 Re: Storing Dry Corn in Silage Bag in reply to LAA, 07-30-2014 21:55:38  
I'm not Don, but I live a little bit east. Shenk's will shell corn, they used to do it just for the cobs, but now their is a charge and the cobs I believe. I always heard they used the cobs in the mushroom industry, but I don't know for what. Farms are all different size here, a typical dairy would probably have been in the 80-110 acre size. Nothing is square, property lines follow creeks and roads and hills. I think 100 or so acres was manageable for a family with some cows, some pigs and chickens, and draft horses so that's why there are so many in that size range.

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07-30-2014 08:22:47

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 Re: Storing Dry Corn in Silage Bag in reply to AdamOH, 07-30-2014 05:12:53  
If you are talking about storing corn straight out of the field at high moisture then fill the bag and seal as designed and it will go through a very similar process as silage and as long as you maintain a good seal it will be top notch feed. When you start feeding just try to remove some every day or two, don't try to remove a weeks worth of feed at a time or it will sour on you.

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