Optimizing corn silage harvest for quality and yield

Optimizing corn silage harvest for quality and yield

Jim MacDonald, Ph.D.

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Like many, I was taught that corn silage should be harvested at 35 percent dry matter (DM) and half to two-thirds milk-line to optimize the balance between quality and quantity, and to facilitate packing. However, there are a few key differences that may suggest optimal harvest timing should be revisited.

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