Iowa: Clinic to help livestock producers improve quality of corn silage

The Iowa Beef Center and Extension dairy team will host a clinic to help northwest Iowa beef and dairy farmers produce quality corn silage. The clinic will be Aug. 28 at the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm in Sutherland.


The clinic will feature upper Midwest experts with the most current information on topics that affect corn silage and earlage quality and economics. Presentations will begin at 9 a.m. and will break at noon for lunch. The program will adjourn by 3:30 p.m. Each expert will be available to answer questions.

Topics and speakers include:

• Silage and kernel processing equipment, Aaron Ostrander, John Deere silage specialist.

• Silage additives and inoculants, Dr. Scott Dennis, Pioneer.

• Evaluating corn silage and earlage, Dr. Dan Loy, ISU Beef Center director.

• Quality corn silage going in and coming out, Dr. Hugo Ramirez, ISU dairy specialist.

• Pricing corn silage, Dr. William Edwards, retired ISU ag economist.

In addition, there will be two concurrent session featuring feeding corn products to the beef animal with Owens and feeding corn products to the dairy cow with Ramirez.

Producers will also be able to walk through corn silage variety plots and talk with seed company technicians. A trade show includes both equipment and products.

Registration is $25, with payment at the door. Pre-registration is required by Aug. 22 for the meal count and can be made by calling the Sioux County Extension office at 712-737-4230.

For more information, contact Iowa State University Extension Program Field Specialists Beth Doran or Fred M. Hall at 712-737-4230.