With the harvest of corn silage approaching in the next few weeks, four corn silage drydown days have been scheduled in Calumet County as a cooperative venture of the Extension Service office, Fox Valley Technical College, the Midwest Forage Association and the county's forage council.
The schedule starts on Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Greg Bohman farm, N8819 County PP north of Brillion. From 12:30 to 2 pm., farmers can bring in three to five corn stalk samples cut at chopper height that are representative of the entire field.
Followup dates are all from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays: Aug. 30 at the Biese farm along Highway 57 between Chilton and New Holstein; Sept. 6 at the Country Visions Co-op at Highway 57 and County E; and Sept. 13 at Schneider Farms along Faro Springs Road. A lunch will be served at these three sites.
At each location, there will be a portal analyzer of forage ingredients supplied by Mike Melso of NEW Farm Technologies, a Digi-Star moisture tracker from FVTC and the traditional koster ovens for testing whole plant moisture.
There is a suggested $3 donation per sample to cover the drying costs and the lunch.