Cornell University researchers conducting the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP)-funded 2013 corn silage hybrid trials are calling producers’ attention to digestibility data.
“Most agronomists and animal nutritionists now believe that stover fiber digestibility is one of the most important hybrid characteristics affecting silage quality. Furthermore, some animal nutritionists believe that starch concentrations are no longer adequate in assessing corn silage hybrids for quality but rather starch digestibility of the grain is far more important,” says lead researcher William J. Cox, a Cornell University Crop and Soil Sciences professor.
In 2013, Cox and Cornell University Crop and Soil Sciences professor Jerry Cherney collaborated with two NNY farmers to evaluate 37 hybrids in St. Lawrence County at the Greenwood Dairy Farm in Madrid and 39 hybrids in Jefferson County at Robbins Farms in Sackets Harbor.
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