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November 29th Dairy Day At Marshfield To Focus On Forages

The 2001 Dairy Day at the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station will focus on forage production and management.

Dan Wiersma, an agronomist with Pioneer Seed Sales, will discuss the effects of plant population on corn silage yield and quantity. John Peters, director of the UW Soils and Forage Analysis Laboratory, will review crop and soil management issues related to forage cation levels. Randy Shaver, UW-Madison Extension dairy nutritionist, will explain how to interpret and use a silage VFA analysis.

Following break, Rick Muck, an agricultural engineer at the USDA Dairy Forage Research Center, will discuss effective silage inoculants and density and dry matter loss in silo bags. Doug Sutter, Brown County Extension ag agent, will talk about how removal methods affect particle length. Pat Hoffman, dairy specialist at the Marshfield station, will offer tips on understanding NDF digestibility.

The program will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Snacks and beverages will be available during the break. The Marshfield station is 2 miles east of U.S. Highway 13 (turn on 29th St.). For more information on Dairy Day, contact the station at (715) 387-2523. Dairy Day is sponsored by the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension.