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This fact sheet was shared in the July PRO-DAIRY e-Leader newsletter, distributed to an email list of nearly 7,000 dairy producers, agriservice, and legislators.

Each corn silage harvest season presents its own unique opportunities and challenges. From a statewide perspective, 2022 is quite diverse with areas of excess rainfall to areas of moderate drought. As you consider the growing conditions your farm has experienced to date, the following may help you anticipate opportunities and challenges with this year’s corn silage.

According to the Climate Smart Farming Growing Degree Day Calculator most corn growing areas of the state are tracking at or slightly above the 15-year average growing degree day (GDD) accumulation since early May. Above average heat increases likelihood of harvest before “mud” season.

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