Much of the corn silage crop is behind schedule this year. The late crop, coupled with concerns of an early frost, could shorten the growing season. Mycogen Seeds Commercial Agronomist Jon Erickson says farmers should closely watch Growing Degree Units. “Harvest usually begins 40 to 45 days after mid-silk. Keep a calendar that lists 30 days after silking by field, which will help monitor development until harvest.” Erickson says silage corn should be harvested at the correct moisture. “We recommend harvesting at 65 to 70 percent whole plant moisture to preserve silage quality. If farmers can end up with good fiber digestibility, a nutritionist can add starch to get a good ration.”
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