Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Corn Silage is Ready!
Today we check our corn to determine if it is ready to be chopped for silage....and it's ready!!!! How do we know that it's ready? Well, I drove out into the field this afternoon and collected samples of corn stalks. In each field I chose 10 stalks of corn and chopped them with the chopper. We collected a sample of the chopped corn, measured it, and dried it with a Koster tester (which removes water from a sample with the use of heated air). After re-measuring the sample we can determine the moisture of the total corn plant. It is ideal to chop corn silage at about 65-69% moisture to be packed into the silage bags. Today's samples told us that the corn is about 64-70% moisture, so it is time to start chopping!!! BUT....we are not ready to chop.