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Timothy is the most commonly grown forage crop in Eastern Canada. It is harvested and stored as hay, wilted silage, or direct-cut silage. There are many substantial differences in capital and operating costs among the three principal harvest modes and in the quality and quantity of the crop harvested by them. The purpose of this paper is to compare the harvesting and storing of timothy as direct-cut silage, wilted silage, and hay on a dairy farm and to examine the effect that the mode of harvest has on the returns to management. (The estimates of receipts, expenses, and net returns shown in this paper are particular to the assumptions used in constructing the forage-based dairy farm model. They should not necessarily be taken as representative of the dairy industry.) This examination was made using a forage-milk production model (Lovering and Mclsaac 1981 Russell et al. 1977).
an economic comparison of timothy harvested as hay, direct cut silage, or wilted silage
Mclsaac, J. A. and James Lovering 1982. AN ECONOMIC COMPARISON OF TIMOTHY HARVESTED AS HAY, DIRECT CUT SILAGE, OR WILTED SILAGE. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 24(1):15-18.
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