Consulting in pairs, 24 crop and dairy educators and industry partners will work with 24 producers to improve corn silage management and feed management of forages. 6 educators will present results in workshop settings reaching 300 consultants and 200 producers. 100 producers managing 10,000 corn silage acres will implement at least one recommended corn silage or forage feed management decision tool.
The educational approach for this project has been a combination of individual farm visits, hands-on workshops for the financials, presentation style to a large group, webinars, popular press, and emails.
Milestone Activities and Participation Summary
Educational activities and events conducted by the project team:
Beneficiaries who participated in the project’s educational activities and events:
Survey monkey was used to gain feedback from service providers and farmers on this project. We asked questions to access their knowledge, value and skills related to this project. Seventy-five percent of the service providers and 100 percent of the producers responding had an increased awareness regarding their expectation on corn silage quality, changes in starch and fiber digestibility, kernel processing score, particle size distribution, agreement between the formulated versus actual TMR, TMR particle size, individual crops costs and cost of production. Sixty-three percent of the service providers and 60 percent of the producers responded an intent to implement change or already implemented change in the area of kernel processing score, corn silage particle size distribution, TMR agreement between formulated and actual, individual crop costs, and cost of production.
Performance Target Outcomes
Performance Target Outcomes - Service Providers
I was able to obtain additional funding to pay for another year of corn silage and TMR testing. Twenty-three of the twenty four farms are continuing on the project and we were able to get five additional farms to participate in this project. This will help get another year of data along with a complete financial analysis of 2017. This will add more validity to the one year of data that we have obtained.