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Plan your silage production from seed selection to harvest and packing the pile with tips from these ag professionals.

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Corn hybrid selection on a dairy farm is an important consideration. When it comes to nutritional quality in a dairy ration, not all corn is created equal. Yield, starch content, starch digestibility, fiber digestibility and other nutritive characteristics vary depending on hybrid genetics.

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When it comes to corn silage harvest, timing is always important. For BMR hybrids, proper harvest timing is even more critical.

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The Dairy One Forage Lab collaborated with Allenwaite Farm in Schaghticoke, New York, from March to June 2015 to run a 12-week study feeding shredlage.

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Livestock producers fully understand the benefits derived from applying genetic selection decisions in both cattle and corn. The tremendous improvements in milk and meat production and corn yield would not have been possible without a strong focus on selecting superior genetics.

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Meeting the nutrient requirements of a very high-producing dairy cow (more than 130 pounds of milk per day) requires high-quality forages as a foundation of the ration. Corn silage is playing a more important role in most dairy rations because of its high-energy content, high yield per acre and the consistency of feed quality coming out of the silo.

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