The Land Pride STP15 tree puller removes shrubs, saplings and small trees—pulling them from the ground, roots and all. The serrated teeth make it an ideal tool for removing steel and wood fence posts around the farm or on the job, too. The 10-inch jaw opening allows operators to grasp and pull a range of trees and posts. The frame on the Salina, Kansas-based Land Pride STP is manufactured from 3/16-inch by 3.5-inch square tubing, and the teeth are laser cut from 5/8-inch steel and measure 16-inch in length. It features a 2.5-inch solid, greaseable pivot pin. The clamping force is supplied by a 2-inch by 8-inch by 1-inch welded cylinder. For more information, see a dealer or visit www.landpride.com.
Peterson Welding, Oshkosh, Nebraska, has stalk rollers for Case Internationals, John Deere, John Deere track tractors, New Holland, and four-wheel drive ractors. The majority of the stalk rollers are fabricated with mounts that can be changed to fit different tractors. Peterson Welding also offers custom fabrication and portable welding. For more information, see a representative or call 308-772-0192.
Fast-growing cover crop mix introduced
TillageMax Homstead is a new three-way cover crop mix that is a soil builder, according to Steve Groff, a farmer and co-founder of Cover Crop Solutions, of Lititz, Pennsylvania. Homestead needs only 45 to 60 days of growth in warm conditions to produce outstanding benefits.
The mix includes three synergistic species: Tillage Sunn (Sunn hemp), CCS Sorghum Sudangrass and Tillage Radish.
Tillage Sunn is a warm season legume. It creates nitrogen from the atmosphere and has deep roots to break compaction and boost microbial activity. The Sorghum Sudangrass adds large amounts of biomass and green cover to help suppress weeds. With its tuber and deep-growing tap root, Tillage Radish helps aerate tight soil and brings nutrients from deeper in the soil to the surface where they can be released for future crops through microbial activity. All three species add to biodiversity, which is known to help reduce disease and pest pressure in certain conditions.
The mixture of Tillage Sunn, CCS Sorghum Sudangrass and Tillage Radish has a two-stage effect. All three species emerge quickly. Then the two fast-growing tall species, Tillage Sunn and Sorghum Sudangrass, quickly create shade that holds the Tillage Radish in a slow growth mode. The TillageMax Homestead mix is a good choice for planting during the summer after small grain harvest, after corn silage is harvested, in a prevent-planting situation or when vegetable crops are harvested early.
For more information, see a dealer or visit www.CoverCropSolutions.com.
Inoculant can protect corn silage
One of the issues that have increasingly concerned producers in recent years has been how to cost-effectively supply their cows with adequate amounts of effective fiber. Mechanically disrupted corn silage, such as Shredlage Brand Silage, is one option that has attracted considerable interest. Shredlage, LLC based in Tea, South Dakota, developed the Shredlage processor, which allows a longer chop length to be set and tears, or shreds, the stalks and leaves, while efficiently crushing kernels.
In addition, a feeding trial at the University of Wisconsin—Madison showed that dairy cows fed Shredlage tended to produce 3.5 percent more fat-corrected milk compared to cows fed conventionally processed corn silage.
However, the added benefits in higher peNDF and milk production must be protected with careful ensiling, according to research. No large scale studies to date have specifically addressed preservation and feedout stability, but some producers have asked if there might be specific ensiling challenges resulting from the more open structure of the material ensiled.
Adding a silage inoculant proven to help maximize quality and stability from field to feedout may help producers manage the unique challenges of mechanically disrupted corn silage. Producers should look for an inoculant that can enhance front-end fermentation and maximize aerobic stability. Inoculants containing bacteria strains like Pediococcus pentosaceus 12455 and Lactobacillus buchneri 40788 have been proven to address both challenges. L. buchneri 40788 found in Biotal Buchneri 500 has even been FDA-reviewed in preventing heating and spoilage.
For more information, see a dealer or visit www.lallemandanimalnutrition.com.
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