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Corn silage has always been a major feed component in dairy and beef rations. However, this year's weather is making harvesting corn silage a challenge for many areas of the state. While every area of the state has had different growing conditions, all have been challenging. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Denise Schwab said a few basic principles of corn silage harvest are critical to harvest and store a high quality corn silage feedstuff.

Iowa Forage and Grassland Council logo For the first time since 2014, the annual conference of the Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council will be held in Des Moines during November. The 2018 Iowa Forage and Grasslands Conference is set for Nov. 26-27 at the Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn. ISU extension beef specialist Patrick Wall is IFGC president and says Jim Gerrish and Byron Shelton are featured speakers at the event.
Katy Lippolis Two Iowa State University projects, both coordinated by Iowa Beef Center and ISU extension beef specialists, were among 17 recently awarded funding through the 2018 North Central Extension Risk Management Education Program. Beef specialist Denise Schwab is the project director for “Fall Grazed Cover Crops - Balancing Feed Cost and Weather Risk” and beef specialist Patrick Wall will lead the “’Iowa Cowmaker Elite’ Bred Heifer Development Risk Management Project.”
Katy Lippolis Katy Lippolis isn't an Iowa native, but the new Iowa State extension cow-calf specialist says she feels right at home in the state where her roots in agriculture began. She's especially looking forward to working with producers to help develop management strategies to improve production, total industry efficiency and profitability in their operations.
Cattle in pasture. The iconic "Pasture Management Guide for Livestock Producers" has been completely updated and revised by a team of extension professionals across disciplines, and is ready for all producers who use grazing systems for their herds. The 167-page publication includes full color photos of material and topics presented, as well as illustrations of forage growth, designing pasture systems and more. Read more and get the link to order.
Beef Quality Assurance program graphic Looking for a BQA workshop? Check this listing on this page of the Iowa Beef Industry Council website for a location near you. This page also has links to our IBC personnel, online BQA training, information on BQA transportation trainings and more.
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