Fond du Lac County Corn Silage Moisture Testing Results

Let Whole Plant Moisture Be Your Guide to Harvest Time!

The best lactation performance by dairy cows has been shown to occur when corn silage is harvested at 65-70 percent moisture.  This range of whole plant moisture also works well for achieving good packing and silage fermentation in horizontal silos.  Determining whole plant moisture prior to harvest is one management practice to ensure high quality forages.

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September 11, 2018

Seventy-eight (78) samples were submitted to UW-Marshfield Soils and Forage Laboratory for analysis on September 11, 2018.  Overall the moisture was approximately 60.3% to 76.6% moisture.  Results from the September 11th corn silage dry down are as follows.


September 4, 2018

Forty-eight (48) samples were submitted for on-site moisture testing by Dairyland Labs on September 4th.  Overall the moisture was approximately 68.3%, ranging from 64.4% to 71.8% moisture.  Even though we have had a lot of rain the past weekend, the corn plant continues to mature.  Results from the Sept 4th corn silage dry down are as follows.


August 28, 2018

Twenty-eight (28) samples were submitted to the laboratory on August 28th. Overall, the average moisture was approximately 75%. The moisture ranged from 67.0% to 77.1% among the 28 samples. Results are as follows.


Thank you to our sponsors for their support of the 2018 Fond du Lac County Forage Council’s Corn Silage Moisture Testing Program:
Croplan Seeds/Winfield Solutions | Dekalb Seeds/Monsanto | Mycogen Seeds/Dow Agro Sciences
NK Seeds/Syngenta | Hodorff Agronomy & Seed | Dairyland Seed | Vellema Seed-Pioneer
Country Visions Coop | CP Feeds | Oakfield Elevator | Community Ag Service | Landmark Coop | Farmers Elevator
Fond du Lac County Forage Council | UW-Extension Fond du Lac County
Midwest Forage Association

2017 Corn Silage Dry Day Results

September 19, 2017
Twenty-nine samples were submitted to the laboratory on September 19th. Overall, the average moisture was 68.8% The moisture ranged from 63.2% to 73.4% among the 29 samples. Results are as follows. Warm temperatures predicted for the next few days could increase the drying in excess of the typical ½% per day.


September 12, 2017
Eight-eight samples were submitted to the laboratory on September 12th. Overall, the average moisture was 69.3%. The moisture ranged from 58.9% to 80.1% among the 88 samples. Results are as follows.


September 5, 2017 Results
Thirty-three samples were submitted to the laboratory on September 5th. Overall, the average moisture was 73.6%. The moisture ranged from 68% to 78% among the 33 samples. Results are as follows.


Thank you to our sponsors for their support of the 2017 Fond du Lac County Forage Council’s Corn Silage Moisture Testing Program:
Croplan Seeds/Winfield Solutions | Dekalb Seeds/Monsanto | LG Seeds | Mycogen Seeds/Dow
NK Seeds/Syngenta | Country Visions Coop | CP Feeds | Oakfield Elevator | Dairyland Seeds
Insight FS Coop

Fond du Lac County Forage Council | UW-Extension Fond du Lac County | Midwest Forage Association

2016 Corn Silage Dry Down Day Results

September 1, 2016 Results
Eighty-nine samples were submitted to the laboratory on September 1st. However, several of the samples did not have enough complete data (i.e. planting date, hybrid maturity date and/or location), so some of the results are not  posted. Overall, the average moisture was 66.5%. The moisture ranged from 58% to 72% among the 89 samples. Results are as follows.


August 26, 2016 Results

Sixty-four samples were submitted to the laboratory on August 26th. However, several of the samples did not have enough complete data (i.e. planting date, hybrid maturity date and/or location), so some of the results are not  posted. Overall, the average moisture was 68%. The moisture ranged from 58% to 74% among the 64  samples. Results are as follows.


2015 Corn Silage Dry Down Day Results

September 15, 2015 Results

Forty-seven samples were submitted for moisture analysis through the UW-Soils & Forage Analysis Laboratory on September 15th.  Results are as follows. Use 0.5% (0% to 1%) range per day as an average dry down rate during the month of September.


September 8, 2015 Results

Twenty samples were submitted for moisture analysis through the UW-Soils & Forage Analysis Laboratory on September 8th.  Results are as follows.


September 1, 2015 Results

One hundred samples were submitted for moisture analysis through the UW-Soils & Forage Analysis Laboratory on September 1st.  Results are as follows.


August 25, 2015 Results

Eighteen samples were submitted for moisture analysis through the UW-Soils & Forage Analysis Laboratory on August 25th.  Results are as follows.

 

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