This project looked at two ways to help dairy farmers - improvement of corn silage used in feeding their herds and adding a cover crop with potential for feed and erosion control.
1) Can the use of a fall cover crop be incorporated after corn silage harvest to improve land and protect it from water and wind erosion while providing a usable feed source? and 2) what tools are available to evaluate important corn silage yield traits relevant to dairy producers?
1) Results showed how rye was planted, maintained, and harvested and how timing of planting can affect the growth and overall use of rye. 2) Twelve locally grown hybrids were selected to evaluate corn silage yield traits and used in the MILK2006 Equation and Corn Picker analyses. Producers learned how traits are analyzed and what tools are available to them to make a profitable decision.
Dave Lawstuen, Brian Lang
Year of Grant Completion
Bentley, Jennifer A.; Lawstuen, Dave; and Lang, Brian J., "Corn silage test plot to increase profitability for dairy farmers and reduce winter wind & water erosion" (2011). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 381.