The Right Combination For High Tonnage And High Quality
CROPLAN® seed offers the SilageFirst™ line of corn products, specifically designed for the complex agronomic and nutritional requirements of high-producing dairy and beef cattle. These products offer a balance of effective and digestible fiber and more rumen available starch, thus providing high energy combined with high tonnage potential.
Leafy and floury-leafy hybrids. Genetic benefits:
- The stalk has been redesigned to have more leaves above the ear to increase digestibility.
- Whole plant dry down is slower due to the slow-drying ear.
- Kernels remain soft when the whole plant moisture reaches optimum moisture of 65 percent.
- Harvest window is extended compared to dual-purpose hybrids.
- Can be fed after fermentation occurs. Requires less time in the silo before reaching optimum levels of starch and fiber digestibility.
- Great to use in combination with dual-purpose hybrids.
- While leafy and floury-leafy hybrids may not contain the same high level of total starch as dual-purpose hybrids, the softer kernel texture is easily broken during the chopping, storage and chewing process, allowing starch to be readily digested for more available energy.
- At feed out, floury-leafy products are effective at bridging the gap between the previous year’s corn silage pile and the current year’s feed.
- Leafy plants are larger and need more room to produce the crop.
- Leafy production is maximized when planted at 28,000 to 32,000 plants per acre.
- Leafy stalks are thicker and more digestible, with larger ears to produce more energy,
Dual-purpose hybrids. When used in combination with leafy and floury leafy hybrids, dual-purpose hybrids:
- Have more flexibility in harvest and feed out as grain or high energy/ high tonnage silage.
- Work well when harvested first, and leafy or floury-leafy products are harvested last.
- Are appropriate for feeding after the 120+ day post ensiling when they reach optimum starch and fiber digestibility