Can Corn Silage Energy Pools be Manipulated Using Brown Midrib Technology?

Joe Lauer, Corn Agronomist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The energy in corn silage comes from two energy pools: NDFD and Starch. The NDFD energy pool is derived from stover which consists of the stalk, leaves, tassel, cob, ear shank and husk on the corn plant. The starch energy pool consists of the grain endosperm. These energy pools can be manipulated by hybrid selection and management. The management issue of the 2013 growing season has been planting date. Some farmers are wondering if planting a bmr hybrid late would help with the stover energy pool

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