HUBBARD Blog-Maximizing corn silage quality by monitoring dry matter
July 23, 2018
It’s nearly time to start thinking about corn silage harvest. Corn silage is typically an economical source of energy in dairy cattle
diets, and quality silage begins with quality forage. Ensiling can only preserve what is already present in the crop. This is especially
important because starch, while not a required nutrient for cattle, is an economical source of net energy for the cow and a source
of fermentable energy for rumen microbes, providing metabolizable protein. Both energy and starch are required nutrients for cows. Therefore, timely planning must be done beginning the harvest of corn silage.