Today we check our corn to determine if it is ready to be chopped for silage....and it's ready!!!! How do we know that it's ready? Well, I drove out into the field this afternoon and collected samples of corn stalks. In each field I chose 10 stalks of corn and chopped them with the chopper. We collected a sample of the chopped corn, measured it, and dried it with a Koster tester (which removes water from a sample with the use of heated air). After re-measuring the sample we can determine the moisture of the total corn plant. It is ideal to chop corn silage at about 65-69% moisture to be packed into the silage bags. Today's samples told us that the corn is about 64-70% moisture, so it is time to start chopping!!! BUT....we are not ready to chop.