We recognize that many of the characteristics desired in a silage corn are greatly different than the characteristics desired in a grain corn. With that in mind, we are working closely with silage breeders that do nothing but silage for our silage lineup. Their entire focus is delivering the best silage with high total plant yield of digestible starch and fiber, a long harvest/chopping window in which the plant dries to the appropriate moisture and remains there for an extended time, and adequate sugars to promote fermentation. Ultimately, a silage hybrid must produce a robust, reliable, digestible crop that will yield lots of tonnage with high quality and high energy content. Thunder Seed can provide all of this to you through our silage products.
BMP’s for growing Thunder Seed High-Digestibility (HD) Silage-Specific Corn:
Fertilize and prepare your fields as you normally would. Provide proper fertility to get the best yield quantity and quality.
Plant at medium-low populations to realize optimal yield. This may typically equate to around 3,000-5,000 plants/acre fewer than you typically do for grain, depending on your environment. However, do not exceed 30,000 plants/acre regardless of how good your growing conditions may be. Thunder’s High-Digestibility Silage hybrids are bred to have large flex ears and large robust plant stature.
Do not harvest for grain. The soft kernels stay at a high moisture content for a longer time to lengthen the chopping window.
|Variety||Trait||Also Available||Maturity||Plant Height||Ear Height||Planting Rate||Cob Color||Agronomics||Drought Tolerance||Goss's Wilt||Total Plant Yield||Chopping Window||Short Storage Period||Ration Type Adaptability||Feed Quality||Fiber Digestibility||Starch Content||Starch Digestibility|
|T4001 HDRR||RR2||T2001 HDCONV||101||Tall||Low||ML||White||1.5||2.0||2.0||1.0||1.5||1.5||1.0||1.5||2.0||2.0||1.5|
|T8102 HDSS||SS RIB||102||Tall||Medium Low||ML||Pink||1.0||2.0||2.0||1.5||2.0||2.0||1.0||1.5||1.5||1.5||2.0|
1: Excellent | 2: Very Good | 3: Good | 4: Below Average | 5: Poor