Corn Silage Field Day

A corn silage field day is being held on Thursday, September 5 near Lena.  The focus of the field day will be corn silage harvest and usage, along with forage management best practices.  This field day opportunity is being sponsored by the Marinette and Oconto County Extension offices and is hosted by Alsteen Farms, located at 9399 Belgian Road.

Dr. Joe Lauer, UW-Madison Extension corn agronomist, will be the featured presenter.  He will be offering a post-mortem of the 2019 corn planting and growing season and how it will impact corn silage harvest.  Following Dr. Lauer will be Kimberly Kassube, Shawano Agriculture Agent, leading a discussion on the dairy cow’s perspective of 2019 corn silage and how our management practices may impact cow performance.  Included will be such aspects as working with low starch corn silage, kernel processing, and other factors.

The final portion of the program will feature corn silage harvest planning assistance opportunities in the area, along with a discussion of other forage species’ management.  Both perennial and overwintering annual forages are going to need to have optimum management this fall so that they can best meet the quality and yield goals which will be needed in 2020.

The event starts at noon and lasts until 2:45 p.m.  A $5 registration fee includes lunch and handouts.  This field day event follows another event being hosted by Alsteen Farms that morning, a NRCS sponsored soil health field day.  That program begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at noon.

Alsteen Farms is located at 9399 Belgian Road, just east of Hwy. 141, about 4 miles north of Oconto Cty. Hwy. A or about 2 miles south of Marinette Cty. Hwy. M.  If you have any questions about this event, contact Scott Reuss at the Marinette Extension office, 715-732-7510 or e-mail to sreuss@marinettecounty.com  If you want more information about the soil health portion of the day, contact the Lena NRCS office at 920-829-5406, ext. 3.

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