Dry Down Days Monitor Plant Moistures for Improved Animal Performance

Extension Sheboygan County partnered with Adell Coop, Country Visions Coop, Dinamica Generale, and the Sheboygan County Forage Council to hold the 2020 Corn Silage Dry Down Days. Thus far, more than 100 Sheboygan County cornfields have been analyzed for whole plant moistures. Because of varied planting dates, hybrid differences, and the impact of Lake Michigan on local growing conditions, the corn silage dry down days are valuable to dairy farmers for identifying proper harvest times. Dairy farmers and industry professionals learn about the whole plant dry-down rates and that harvesting and ensiling corn silage at the correct moisture greatly improves animal performance and profitability of Sheboygan County Dairy Farms.

Taking time to be safe: Out of an abundance of caution for everyone’s’ health and safety, Adell & County Visions Cooperatives put in place safety protocols for this year’s corn silage dry down educational service, to require social distancing of 6 or more feet, groups no more than 10 people and face masks if social distancing was not possible or if indoors.

Sheboygan County Master Gardener Association

Advised the Sheboygan County Master Gardner Association board of directors regarding updates to their association by-laws to align more closely with organizational changes since transitioning to UW Madison Division of Extension. A virtual annual business meeting is planned for September 24th.
The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program educates, empowers, and supports volunteers, interested in horticulture and the environment, to use university research-based information to extend the Wisconsin Idea, making a positive difference in lives and communities.