Dodge County to hold corn silage moisture tests
JUNEAU - Dodge County Forage Council, or DCFC, will be conducting corn silage moisture tests in partnership with local businesses.
Area businesses will be collecting and sampling corn silage, and the DCFC will report the moistures through Dodge County Extension on their UW-Extension website.
Businesses conducting silage moisture sampling at their plot days are Dairyland Seed & Farmer’s Grain and Feed LLC – on Wednesday, Sept. 6; United Cooperative at Answer Plot Day on Thursday, Sept. 7; and Prospect Ag Services & Jung’s Seed Plot Tour on Thursday, Sept. 14.
In addition, several other businesses and individuals are running samples any time they are dropped off. These locations are: Farmer’s Elevator in Waupun, contact Rubin Hopp; Masters Choice, contact Brendon Blank; Universal Cooperative in Lebanon; Tilth Agronomy, contact Troy Christensen; United Cooperative; and Insight FS in Waupun.
Producers wanting their silage moisture tested need to bring samples to the plot days or individual business. Each sample should include four fresh stalks, taken from representative locations within the field. The stalks should be cut at normal silage harvesting height. Fold or cut the stalks into 2- to 3-foot lengths and place them into a plastic garbage bag, to prevent dehydration. Participants should label the samples with their name, town, phone number, field location, hybrid name, hybrid maturity and corn planting date before delivering to the drop-off locations.
Moisture testing results will be made available on the UW-Extension website dodge.uwex.edu as well as through their Facebook page and the Dodge County Forage Council Facebook page. County results will also be posted to the University Wisconsin-Extension state-wide data collection website at uwex.edu/ces/ag/silagedrydown.