Summary and Implications
“Corn Picker for Corn Silage” is an Excel spreadsheet program that more accurately determines a superior corn silage hybrid based on all relevant costs and returns that affect corn silage and dairy nutrition. It can be localized to specific farm situations or one can use a standard set of costs such as “Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa- 2010” FM-1712 and “Livestock Enterprise Budget for Iowa- 2010” FM-1815. Both are available from ISU County Extension Offices.
Ranking of hybrids for total farm net profit gives considerably different results than using “Milk2006” per acre.
Iowa State University
Thoreson, Dale R.
"Use of “Corn Picker for Silage” to Evaluate Corn Silage Hybrids
2009 Trials Update,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 657, ASL R2607.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol657/iss1/31