Corn Silage Production and Management 2019
Corn silage is an important component of many dairy and beef cattle rations. An added challenge for this year's silage production and management are the large number of acres of corn that were planted late. Many of those acres will harvest corn as an immature corn plant with little or even no grain production. The resources below provide information on some important keys to making and storing a high quality corn silage feedstuff, including management considerations for harvesting immature corn as silage. In particular the 2019-29 issue of the OSU Extension agronomic crops team CORN newsletter contains several good articles on the topic of using immature and late planted corn for corn silage:
https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-29/harvesting-immature-corn-silage: Harvesting Immature Corn as Silage, Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Wayne County
https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-29/harvesting-late-planted-corn-silage: Harvesting Late Planted Corn for Silage, article by Mark Sulc, Peter Thomison, Bill Weiss, and Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension
https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2019-29/field-wilting-corn-silage-harvest: This article deals with considerations of how to mow and wilt late-planted corn/immature corn to correct silage moisture before a frost event. Article by Mark Sulc, OSU Extension forage specialist
https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/management-guidelines-for-immature-and-frosted-corn-silage: This article from Michigan State University provides good guidelines for using immature corn as silage. The last paragraph includes some precautions and advice regarding mowing and wilting for chopping. Equipment adjustment is an important factor in getting this to work.
Harvesting and Storing Corn Silage. Weiss, OSU Dairy Nutrition Specialist. Buckeye Dairy News article.
Key Points to Make High Quality Corn Silage. Ramirez, Iowa State University Extension Dairy Team.
Bunker Silo and Drive-over Silage-pile Management. Amaral-Phillips, University of Kentucky Extension, eXtension article.
From Harvest to Feed: Understanding Silage Management. Penn State Extension publication
Increase Milk Production with Appropriate Kernel Processor Settings: UKY Extension Dairy Notes publication, Michel Jone and Donna Amaral-Phillips
Help in Choosing an Effective Silage Inoculant: eXtension article by Limin Kung, University of Delaware