In 2011, over 13000 farms reported growing corn for silage, over 50% of which were dairy operations.
In the cattle industry, interest in new corn varieties stems from a desire to increase efficiency and production, whether utilized as a grain source, ensiled or left standing for winter grazing.
Ensiled, corn offers high energy, a key to high milk production. And, although much of a silage’s quality is determined by in-field management, harvest and storage, there are certain factors to consider as early as seed selection.
In this video, filmed at the Canadian Dairy Xpo, Bernard Tobin drills into some of the nitty gritty of selecting corn hybrids for silage production with Aaron Stevanus of Pride Seeds. The duo touch on starch production, digestibility, yield and some of the key learnings from last year’s silage season.
This week, winter wheat prices touched a three-year high, but it didn’t last. Chicago SRW wheat prices for September 2018 gained 5 per cent or about 26 cents US/bushel to close at $5.56. While the December 2018 contract was up 5.4 percent — or nearly 30 cents — to finish a tad under $5.80. In…Read more »