Those who feed and harvest corn silage can get an update on the latest trends and technology during an upcoming webinar series with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
The series begins Aug. 2 with a focus on silage processing, followed by cover crop forages on Aug. 9, forage storage Aug. 16 and forage feeding Aug. 23.
With feed prices rising, forages are expected to play an important role in livestock rations. Specialists with ISU Extension and Outreach, farmers and industry professionals will explain how to improve corn silage efficiency and quality.
“Almost everything is more expensive this year and feed prices are trending higher,” said Gail Carpenter, assistant professor in dairy extension and dairy specialist at Iowa State. “We are really trying to focus on helping people to manage their feed inventory and especially their forage feed inventory more efficiently, because the less waste we have, the higher income over feed cost producers can expect.”
Each session begins at 7 p.m. with an introduction from the speaker, followed by a discussion-based presentation that will allow farmers and anyone else on the webinar to ask questions.
The dates, topics and speakers are as follows:
- Aug. 2 – Silage processing (featuring Bill Mahanna, Lyndon Luckasson and another person to be determined).
- Aug. 9 – Cover crops (Rebecca Vittetoe, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach, and Daniel Olson, of Forage Innovations).
- Aug. 16 – Forage storage (Luis Ferraretto, of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, and Ron and Connie Kuber, of Connor Agriscience).
- Aug. 23 – Forage feeding (Dave Wise and another person to be determined).
Participants should register online, to receive the Zoom meeting link for the series. The series is free and participants can watch as many sessions as they like.
The webinar series is funded by a grant from the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center.