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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-24-2019, 02:47 PM
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When we use to grow silage barley we used Bonanza and Brier. I can not remember which is the newer variety of the two. We grew the older one first then switched to the newer variety. Some years we were up to 8-10 tonne of silage per acre. If you do not add manure back to the silage ground it can remove a lot of potash out of the soil causing problems in future if you do not put it back with potash fertilizer.

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Has anyone silage wrapped rough awn barley then run through bale processor to feed? Would a bale processor chop it enough to break up awns after silage process? I have a field that got hailed on a week befor combining last year, seeded green feed (oats and peas) into it and all the barley that missed burn down sprouted, excellent crop but don't have a chopper.

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never a bale processor, but I have run it through a Penta vertical feed wagon.. That was hay maker variety.. I though it treated us well
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Thanks, RC just trying to lessen impact of rough awns in barley, might have to go that route. Guess I could combine it too.
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I have been using highline 7000 with awned green feed barley. If you run the bale through slowly it does knock the awns off/ break them pretty good. Enough that the cows don't seem to slobber more than usual. I don't know if silage would be better or worse though. If you have a short cut processor you should would be fine for sure.
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It's got to be 16 or 17 years ago now that I grew some Dolly and Bold barley. I hadn't intended to make feed out of it but it was so dry that year we wrapped it up at 45 to 50% moisture. Fed it to the calves in bale feeders that winter and never had any issues with the rough awns. They seemed to soften right up.
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