The rapid development of the 2016 corn crop has prompted counties in east central Wisconsin to announce the schedule for their annual corn silage drydown or moisture testing days.
Sheboygan County has scheduled four such days – all from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Those days are August 31 and September 14 at the Adell Co-op and on September 7 and 21 at the Kettle Lakes Co-op in Random Lake.
There is no cost for this service but farmers are asked to limit their samples of three to five representative stalks to three per testing day. In addition to the two cooperatives, the sponsors are the Sheboygan County Forage Council, the Midwest Forage Association, New Farm Technologies, and the University of Wisconsin Extension Service.
Fond du Lac County is offering three moisture testing days. They are on Friday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Country Visions Co-op in Fond du Lac, on Thursday, Sept. 1 during the agronomy field day on the Monstma farm near Lamartine, and on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at Country Visions in Fond du Lac.
Farms are asked to provide four stalks of corn for each sample. The testing is being sponsored by Country Visions Co-op, the Fond du Lac County Forage Council, and the county's Extension Service office.
In Brown County, the only announced testing date is Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Country Visions Co-op in Greenleaf. The cost of the testing the first two samples from any farm will be free courtesy of Country Visions but there will be charge of $8 for a 3rd or more samples.