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Grain Corn & Silage Corn: Is There a Difference?                                                                                                         Courtesy of Premier Pacific Seeds

                                                                                                                                 tion to selecting for the leafy (LFM) trait in their silage

                                                                                                          armers,       when
                                                                                                          selecting corn vari-   hybrids. The leafy trait is a natural genetic anomaly that
                                                                                                          eties are becoming     produces taller plants with broader leaves. The ears on
                                                                                               more and more interested on       the leafy hybrids are fully developed with soft digestible
                                                                                               two important traits; is it a     kernels. This breeding work has resulted in a line up of
                                                                                               silage or grain hybrid? Other     exceptional leafy hybrids.
                                                                                               decisions they pay attention          If you are growing corn exclusively for silage then
                                                                                               to include whether to take        choosing hybrids that have performed well in your local
                                                                                               advantage of the Roundup          forage yield trials is one way of taking the guess work
                                                                                               Ready® Corn 2 attribute and       out of the selection process. The goal is to produce high
                                                                                               is the seed Poncho 250™           quality silage that will result in higher milk and beef pro-
                                                                                               treated? A few years ago lit-     duction. It is important to choose hybrids that consis-
                                                                                               tle corn planted was              tently yield above the average and keep in mind that the
                                                                                               Roundup Ready® Corn 2 to          best silage hybrids usually have a high grain percentage.
                                                                                               over 75% projected to be          Consistency is another important characteristic to keep
                                                                                               Roundup Ready® Corn 2 in          in mind. One year of data at a single site doesn’t really
                                                                                               2006.                             give a good indication of a hybrids ability to perform
                                                                                                   Poncho 250™ is an insec-      under a variety of conditions year after year.
                                                                                              ticide seed treatment that pro-        Every farmer knows that growing conditions can and
                                                                                              tects your corn from early         do vary considerably from one year to the next. Why
                                                                                              season corn insects such as        gamble by choosing a hybrid that has yet to prove itself
                                                                                              wireworm. In 2005 about            over time or worse has not even been trialed in your
                                                                                              10% of the corn seeded was         area? If you want to be sure that the data you are refer-
                                                                                              Poncho 250® treated. This          ring to is a fair representation then make sure that the
                                                                                              year over 50% of the corn          trial was conducted by a third party. The Pacific Field
                                                                                              planted will be Poncho 250™        Corn Association does an excellent job of providing trial
                                                                                              treated.                           data to farmers in British Columbia.
                                                                                                  There are some breeding            Two long term consistent leading varieties in the
                                                                                              advancements and other             Pacific Field Corn trials are Maizex LF 753 (755 RR)
                                                                                              information we should keep         and LF 881. Both are true silage hybrids with high
                                                                                              in mind while we make our          digestibility. LF 753 (LF 755 RR) is a very early corn, at
                                                                                              selections. Breeding work in       2350 heat units with very high grain content. Maizex LF
                                                                                              corn hybrids has become            881 RR is a medium season corn with incredible yields.
                                                                                              increasingly specific to use       Over the last four years it has been the top variety in the
                                                                                                over the years. The selec-       local BC trials.
                                                                                                tion traits for making a great
                                                                                                grain corn hybrid are not the         NEW ORCHARDGRASS SOON AVAILABLE
                                                                                                same as the selection traits                 FOR BC FARMERS
                                                                                                for a great silage hybrid.          Premier Pacific Seeds Ltd. is again introducing a
                                                                                                Silage hybrids are bred          proven Orchardgrass for use in coastal British Columbia.
                                                                                                specifically to produce more     LG-31(experimental designation) was bred to create an
                                                                                                milk per acre and more beef      elite Orchardgrass variety that is able to persist for
                                                                                                per acre since they typically    longer periods of time under heavy traffic. Its outstand-
                                                                                                have more total digestible       ing feature is its sunken crown as well as a larger crown.
                                                                                                nutrients per acre than grain    This enables LG 31(experimental designation) to with-
                                                                                                corn hybrids. The following      stand traffic and appear less “Clumpy” in the field. It has
                                                                                                table provided by Maizex         excellent regrowth after cutting or grazing. It is a great
                                                                                                Seeds Inc. summarizes the        yielder and persists extremely well under coastal condi-
                                                                                                main differences between         tions.
                                                                                                silage and grain corn               Significant improvements have also been made on
                                                                                                hybrids:                         resistance to various leaf spots, rusts, and other diseases.
                                                                                                   Maizex Seeds Inc. has         This superior disease resistance combined with versatili-
                                                                                                focused a great deal of atten-   ty and persistence make LG-31(experimental designa-
                                                                                                                                 tion) another winning Orchardgrass variety soon to be
         SILAGE CORN                                   GRAIN CORN                                                                released in BC and registered under a new name. Ask
Stalk    Taller, more flexible stalk with thin rind    Shorter, stiffer stalk with thick rind                                    your seed representative for this variety.

Leaves More and broader leaves above the ear           Fewer leaves above the ear

Ears     Lower on the plant with greater chance        Higher on plant with lower chance
         of multiple ears at lower plant populations   of multiple ears at moderate plant populations

Kernel Soft kernel to maximize digestibility           Hard kernel to withstand harvesting and storage

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