The Iowa State Dairy Team corn silage webinar series kicked-off this week with a focused discussion on silage processing. Dr. Bill Mahanna and Aaron Maassen outline their perspectives on silage processing and then answered questions for the audience.
Anyone who feeds and harvest corn silage can get an update on the latest trends and technology during the webinar series or view the archived programs at: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/dairyteam/webinars
The series continues with; 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.
“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.” said Gail Carpenter, assistant professor in dairy extension and dairy specialist at Iowa State.
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 remaining dates, topics and speakers are as follows:
- 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 and Ethan Wise plus Jordan Hunt).
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.