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Silage

Extension publications and summaries of demonstrations and research conducted on various issues related to the management of corn for silage.

Corn harvested for silage is an important feed crop on most Pennsylvania farms, where cropland often is limited.

Silage producers are considering the benefits of narrow rows and higher populations. This study was designed to evaluate the yield and quality effects of narrower rows and higher plant populations when using a Bt hybrid compared to an adapter normal hybrid.

The objective of this study was to quantify the effects hail damage had on corn silage yield and quality.

This report describes the results of a study focusing on the density of corn silage bunker silos over a two year period in Pennsylvania and provides some management recommendations for improving silage density and silage quality in bunker silos.

During the last several years, interest has developed in increasing the cutting height of corn silage, in an effort to improve the quality of the silage.

There are many factors that influence silage quality but perhaps the biggest one is the timing of harvest.

Studies have shown the need for a limited amount of effective fiber in the rations of lactating dairy cows being fed total mixed rations. Mechanical silage processing using roller mills has been hailed as a means to achieve more physically effective fiber with all silage diets, and many farmers have begun to incorporate corn silage processing into their forage feeding systems.

A recent report from the University of Wisconsin has summarized a number of interesting feeding trials that have focused on some timely corn silage feeding issues.

August is the time to get organized to take advantage of the corn silage crop.

Beginning in 2004, corn silage bunker silos were measured for silage density by taking core samples and determining pounds of dry matter in a cubic foot.

Late plantings dramatically affects harvest schedules and as a result silage harvests will be spread out over a greater range of dates.