Dairy Farmers Rely on Stoller's Bio-Forge to Improve Feed Volume and Quality

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A recent seminar in Kimberly, Wis. highlighted solutions for efficient alfalfa production. Attendees there learned how a Wisconsin dairy farm maximized the feed value of alfalfa without adding significantly to their input costs.

Ron & Ray Voss of Burlington, Wis. experienced increased milk production and more tonnage per acre eliminated the need to purchase hay from outside sources.

Using Stoller products we got more hay and it looked good all season...despite the weather issues. It looked like a golf course.

As farmers in the Midwest prepare for spring field work, a seminar for alfalfa production was held in Kimberly, Wis. on February 25 to offer solutions and gear up for 2010.

Hosted by Partners in Production, LLC; the Alfalfa Management Seminar drew attendance from dairy producers in northeastern Wisconsin. Stoller's Director of Bioscience, Dr. Ron Salzman, explained the Stoller technology while reviewing university research results and showing images from field trials. StollerUSA field representative, Don Stork also shared what Stoller's Alfalfa Program involves and the benefits it delivers.

Stork shared results from a dairy farm that followed Stoller's alfalfa program. The Vos family of Burlington, Wisc. began adding Stoller products to the foliar insecticide spray application used on their alfalfa. Bio-Forge® is the key to Stoller's Alfalfa Program, applied approximately seven days after each hay cutting to boost root growth and plant vigor.

Second generation dairy farmers Ray and Ron Vos, like all dairy farmers, are working to manage their operation by looking for efficiencies and improved ROI. The result of their use of the Stoller Alfalfa Program was exceptionally healthy hay with increased tonnage and feed value. With just four cuttings they calculated 6.7 tons of dry matter/acre.

The increased tonnage allowed them to manage their feed needs efficiently - eliminating the previous year's $11,000 expense of buying alfalfa from an outside source. In addition, the quality of the feed improved significantly.

The second cutting feed analysis of the Bio-Forge-treated alfalfa showed an Relative Feed Value (RFV) rating of 189 with a 21.26% crude protein level. This represents a significant increase from recent regional data showing the average RFV as 145-160. In addition, the Vos operation noted higher milk production - with over 28% of the herd averaging milk production of over 100 lbs/day.

The hay production was particularly impressive considering the Vos family experienced an entire season of less-than-cooperative weather conditions: a wet and cold spring followed by a cool, dry summer season and an early October frost.

"Using Stoller products we got more hay and it looked good all season … despite the weather issues. It looked like a golf course," noted owner/operator Ron Vos.

In addition to the short-term feed benefits of applying Stoller products to their alfalfa, the Vos operation anticipates their alfalfa fields will be more productive for many more years to come. New seeding performance offered a glimpse into the hearty nature of Bio-Forge-treated alfalfa fields - with a tall stand and blooms appearing eight days after a hard October frost.

Bio-Forge is a yield enhancer and stress reducer for all crops. It offsets the negative effects of plant stress caused by drought, excessive moisture, frost, herbicide damage and other crop stressors. Bio-Forge keeps the root systems functioning normally under stressed conditions promoting more normal growth activity. This allows more impressive second cuttings and improved digestibility.

StollerUSA is dedicated to helping producers enhance yields by maximizing genetic expression. The result is in enhanced marketable yield; improved return-on-investment resistance to insects, nematodes and disease. Stoller products are proven to ensure optimum plant growth by maintaining appropriate hormone balance resulting in healthier, more productive crops that are better able to withstand stress and achieve their full genetic potential.

In agribusiness for more than 40 years, StollerUSA markets a full line of products to help farmers increase crop yield and quality. StollerUSA, headquartered in Houston, is actively researching and developing plant performance products in more than 50 countries. For more information on StollerUSA, visit http://www.StollerUSA.com. If you are a farmer in California, visit http://www.StollerCalifornia.com to see the products available in your area.

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