Is Corn Silage a Forage?

Is Corn Silage a Forage?

Terry Klopfenstein

University of Nebraska

Of course the answer is yes and no. About ½ of the corn plant is grain and about ½ is forage making corn silage a unique “forage”. The corn plant is highly productive so yields of dry matter are greater than about any other forage, about 2 times alfalfa. In the distant past, corn silage was commonly used as a forage for cattle because of the large yield of nutrients per acre.

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