In most areas of the country, corn silage makes up a large percentage of
a dairy cow’s diet. Producing high-quality corn silage is a process
that involves several important steps. It starts with planting the right
varieties that combine yield potential with ideal traits related to
nutrient concentrations and digestibility.
Cereal crops are best known as primary ingredients for flour and beverages like beer. However, they are also an important source of nutrients for livestock. Large volumes of high-quality feed can be produced within short periods, allowing double-cropping and reducing the risk of adverse weather conditions during late stages of growth.
The winter months are a good time to consider feedstuff production and management plans for the upcoming year. Cattle feeders with integrated crop-livestock systems have the flexibility to produce the feeds that best fit their operation.
BJ Marks is an eighth-generation farmer in Mansfield, Georgia. He grew up in and around the livestock business; therefore he understands that forage quality and production is one of the biggest contributors to the success of any livestock operation.
Over the past four years a number of groups in the Northeast have initiated efforts to increase collaboration and enhance our understanding of corn silage hybrid forage quality through existing Corn Silage Hybrid Evaluation programs.