Extension News

Standing Corn Grazing Demonstration Will Kick Off Iowa Forage and Grassland Conference

Iowa Beef Center


AMES, Iowa - - Grazing standing corn is a concept that is turning heads and pleasing pocketbooks.  Iowa’s beef producers have the unique opportunity to see a standing corn grazing system at the Bruce Carney Farm in rural Polk County on Monday, Nov. 21.  The demonstration is offered at no cost by the Iowa Beef Center (IBC) at Iowa State University (ISU).

“Grazing standing corn is an alternative system for beef producers who have limited hay and are interested in having cows harvest their own feed instead of hauling feed to the cows,” according to Russ Euken, ISU Extension livestock field specialist. “With the current price of corn it can also reduce costs.” Euken adds.

The demonstration at the Carney Farm kicks off the 2005 Iowa Forage and Grassland Conference at the Airport Holiday Inn Conference Center in Des Moines, sponsored by the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council.

The grazing standing corn demonstration begins at 3 p.m. Take I-35 Exit 96 north of Ankeny and go east on county road F22.  Go through the town of Elkhart and continue east to a “T” intersection. Go north 1 mile and continue on F22 as it curves to the east.  Turn north on S27 continue to the first farm on the west side of the road.

The conference begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21, after the Carney demonstration, and continues on Nov. 22. For more information about the conference and registration, visit the Calendar Page at www.iowabeefcenter.org, or call (800) 383-1682. Early registration ends Monday, Nov. 14.

Contacts :

Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension, (641)774-2016, sellers@iastate.edu
Russ Euken, Iowa State University Extension, (641)923-2856, reuken@iastate.edu

Rachel E. Martin, Iowa Beef Center, (515)294-9124, remartin@iastate.edu