Silage demo day set

Wisconsin State Farmer
A forage harvester lifts it head above  a cornfield in Queen Creek, spitting out corn silage or cow feed  as  it pulls down cornstalk, after cornstalk,  in a summer harvest of the field.


The Central Wisconsin Forage Council will holds its annual fall forage field day and demonstrations on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Mitch Lindner farm north of Loyal on Spencer Road.

The day will kick off with a field corn silage harvest equipment demonstration at 10 a.m. followed by lunch at 11:45 a.m. During the lunch hour, vendors will give presentations.The afternoon will conclude with a field demonstration of tillage equipment at 1 p.m.

Currently, the harvest demonstration will include two self-propelled harvesters and storing the harvested corn silage. Tillage demonstrations will include a number of vertical tillage implements and a no-till drill. The corn silage will be harvested weather permitting to demonstrate precision harvesting data collection.

John Deere is providing a portable NIR machine on site for the day to determine moisture content of corn silage samples. Attendees are asked to bring 3 stalks of corn that will be chopped and tested  between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to determine the whole plant moisture.

Organizers are asking those interested in attending to RSVP by September 20 to provide a count for lunch by calling the Clark County UW-Extension office at 715-743-5121.

Seed companies sponsoring and participating in the plot are: Dekalb, Legacy, Mycogen, NK, Wolf River, Renk, LG, Croplan, Prairie Estates, and Master’s Choice.

Central Wisconsin Forage Council and Midwest Forage Association are hosting the event in collaboration with Clark County UW-Extension and Mitch Lindner farm.

For more information, contact Richard Halopka, Crops & Soils Agent, at 715-743-5121 or

The event will be held rain or shine.