Corn Silage

C.O.R.N. Newsletter Articles

  1. Author(s): Mark Sulc , Author(s): Peter Thomison , Author(s): Bill Weiss

    Silage harvest has begun in some parts of Ohio. Proper harvest timing is critical because it ensures the proper dry matter (DM) concentration required for high quality preservation, which in turn results in good animal performance and lower feed costs. The proper DM concentration is the same whether it is a beautiful, record breaking corn crop or a severely drought stressed field with short plants containing no ears. 

    The recommended ranges for silage DM are:

    Bunker: 30 to 35%

    Upright: 32 to 38%

    Sealed upright 35 to 40%

    Bag: 32 to 40%

    Issue: 2020-28
  2. Chopping Corn for Silage
    Author(s): Bill Weiss

    The primary goal of making corn silage is to preserve as many nutrients in the corn plant as possible, to produce a feed that is acceptable to cows, and to minimize any risks associated with feeding the silage.  The following are important considerations for making corn silage when growing conditions have been dry.

    Issue: 2020-28
  3. Author(s): Rich Minyo , Author(s): Allen Geyer , Author(s): Peter Thomison


    Issue: 2019-41
  4. Cows Eating Silage
    Author(s): Bill Weiss , Author(s): Mark Sulc

    Too Wet?

    Issue: 2019 - 32
  5. Corn stalks with immature ear

    Corn silage is an important component of many dairy and beef cattle rations.  The goal is to make a high-quality feedstuff, but to achieve this requires planning before harvest, monitoring plant moisture, good harvest practices, and good storage management.  Our 2019 corn silage harvest presents some challenges, specifically the late planted corn that will be harvested in an immature state with little to no grain production.

    Issue: 2019 - 29
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