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Now is the time to monitor your corn moisture content to prepare for silage harvest.

With the help of Extension educators across the state, we will monitor moisture levels of various hybrids as producers ready for silage harvest.

Optimal moisture content for silage harvest varies slightly based on the structure used for storage. For maximum corn silage quality, use the following as a guide: for horizontal silos, 65-70%; for tower silos, 63-68%; for oxygen-limiting silos, 55-60%; and for bags, 65%.

As individual hybrids dry down, silage moisture should be monitored to ensure optimal moisture content during harvest.

To learn more about how to calculate your own moisture sample using a microwave oven, check out this video (extension.psu.edu/determining-forage-dry-matter) from Penn State Extension.

Leon Ressler is a Penn State Extension educator based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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