Silage chopper school planned in California

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Dairy producers, corn silage growers, custom harvesters and dairy nutritionists are invited to learn more about producing high-quality corn silage at the 2012 Chopper School. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 20, at the Dan Peterson Dairy in Turlock, Calif.

Mycogen Seeds and other industry partners are hosting the interactive event to provide tips on how to harvest the highest-quality silage for feeding dairy cows.

Keith Bolsen, silage consultant and professor emeritus at Kansas State University, will moderate a custom harvester panel addressing topics ranging from cutting height to harvest moisture. Attendees also will have the opportunity to ask questions.

A silage-chopping demonstration will feature harvesters from various manufacturers. During the demonstration, attendees will have the opportunity to see the choppers operating in the field and observe the silage as it is being unloaded into the pit.

Attending the 2012 Chopper School is free and includes lunch. For more information, contact Ashley Bush, Mycogen Seeds sales representative, at 515-422-4976 or

The Dan Peterson Dairy is located at 1431 N. Central Ave. in Turlock. Sponsors of the event include Mycogen Seeds, Claas, New Holland, Krone, John Deere, Silostop, Pfizer Animal Health and Kemin.

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