Iowa Beef Center to Survey Corn Silage and Earlage Use by Iowa Producers

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Silage Production


AMES, Iowa -- Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University is working on a project to characterize how Iowa producers produce and use silage and earlage for cattle feed. A two-pronged approach led by extension beef program specialist Russ Euken will use results from a current survey of producers and lab analysis of silage and earlage samples. The combined results will better inform educational efforts by Iowa State, as well as provide current data to update existing silage publications.

Euken said producers can request a printed copy of the survey or complete the survey online. Because both versions are identical, people should complete only one format. Some producers will receive the survey in the mail. Producers can access the online survey through this direct link or through a link on the Iowa Beef Center website. The survey will take only a few minutes to complete.

"A limited number of free silage or earlage lab analyses will be available to producers who complete the survey," Euken said. "Those interested in the analysis can provide their name and contact information on the survey and they will be contacted on how to submit a sample for analysis. The project ends in July and the limited free samples we’re able to offer are on a first-come, first-serve basis, so producers are encouraged to complete the survey as soon as possible."

A summary of the information collected will be available through Iowa Beef Center later this year. No individual responses will be identified, and all responses will be aggregated when it is made available.

Those with questions or interest in the project, or who would like a printed copy of the survey can contact any beef field specialist listed below.

NW Iowa  Beth Doran  712-737-4230

NC Iowa  Russ Euken  641-923-2856

NE Iowa  Denise Schwab  319-472-4739

SW Iowa  Chris Clark  712-250-0070

SC Iowa  Joe Sellers  641-203-1270

SE Iowa  Patrick Wall  515-450-7665

Central Iowa  Erika Lundy  515-294-9881


The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Russ Euken, ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist, 641-923-2856,

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Beef Center, 515-294-4496,


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