Feeding 2019 Corn Silage

A recent mycotoxin survey of corn harvested in 2019 shows 96 percent tested positive for at least one mycotoxin, while 61 percent of samples had more than one mycotoxin. Combine that with the potential for quality issues that may mean fewer pounds of milk per ton and producers need to get a handle on what they have in their piles.

To help producers evaluate their options, I-29 Moo University asked Dairy Specialist and Assistant Professor at Iowa State University Dr. Hugo Ramirez-Ramirez, shared what he is seeing from labs in the upper Midwest and what mitigation options producers have.

Ramirez will also share several other thoughts plus pile maintenance during feed-out.

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Two Dairy Field Days Spotlight Forage Management and Crossbreeding

The I-29 Moo University is hosting two dairy field days in November. Each field day will start at 12:30 PM CST and wrap up around 3:30 PM. Light refreshments and SDSU ice cream will be served. These field days are offered at no cost, so be sure to come join us for a tour of the dairies and in-depth discussions. Details for each of the field days is below.

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Clinic To Help NW Iowa Livestock Producers Improve Corn Silage Quality

Northwest Iowa beef and dairy producers depend on quality corn silage to build profitable rations. To help them accomplish this, the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Extension Dairy Team are hosting the NW IA Corn Silage Clinic on August 28 at the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm in Sutherland.

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NW Iowa Corn Silage Yields Average 23.5 Tons Per Acre

The Northwest District in Iowa led all districts in 2017 with 2.10 million tons of corn silage produced, according to estimates released by the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. This accounted for 30 percent of the State total production. The Northeast District produced 1.83 million tons of silage, representing 26 percent of the State total.

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