Contact your local Pioneer Sales Representative for more info on choosing the best hybrid for your farm.
Whether it’s grown for grazing or silage, corn is a strong feed option with economic and animal health benefits. Today, there are many high-performing corn products developed for Western Canada so it’s easier than ever to find a hybrid that ensures optimal biomass and starch yield for your livestock feed.
Corn offers a high quality and high quantity feed choice that will out-perform other feed options available to producers for winter grazing beef cattle. In grazing situations, corn will help lower cost of production, increase cow-days per acre and maintain cow health and condition throughout the winter grazing season. Cattle producers need to consider growing feed for energy vs. protein. Even though barley provides some energy, it doesn’t supply enough protein for the diet, so you still need to add protein to either a barley or corn diet for your animals. An important consideration on the energy side is that corn yields higher (ton/acre) so it will have more energy per acre.
|Barley Swath Grazing||Grazing Standing Corn|
|Wet Yield (Ton/ac)||8||12|
|Consumption (lb DM/hd/day) inlcuding 20%19 residue||36||36|
|Total Acres required||19||13|
|Pre seed & In Crop herbicides plus app cost ($/acre)||$24.00||$30.00|
|Total Input Costs ($/acre) includes pre-seed and in crop herbicide for both crops||$219.00||$317.00|
|Feed - Cost/Cow/Day||$1.41||$1.36|
Corn can be a more economical grazing option than barley.
Pioneer corn silage products provide excellent early starch production for high energy feed and an early silage harvest. They also feature incredible stay-green characteristics for green harvest and high tonnage.
Corn has lower starch digestion rates per hour in rumen than barley, which means possibly lower incidence of acidosis, and better balance between rumen fermentation and intestinal digestion. When considering the best silage corn, look first at the importance of starch in the animal diet. It is well known that corn produces more tons per acre of wet silage on average than barley. Corn also has better water use efficiency compared to wheat, barley or oats (Teutsch, 2013).
When considering the best silage option for your operation, keep these important characteristics in mind:
Trusted by more growers in Canada than any other brand, Pioneer corn hybrids finish strong and dry down fast for earlier harvests and maximized profits. In fact, Pioneer currently has the earliest maturing corn hybrids in market. This is the direct result of having three active corn breeding programs in Western Canada (Carman, Saskatoon and Lethbridge), all focused on delivering early corn with fast dry down and high yields in a sound agronomic package.
Choose from an extensive lineup of early maturity, grain, silage and grazing options for any operation and growing environment.
European Corn Borer can cause devastating yield and quality losses in corn across Western Canada. An ideal fit for any integrated pest management plan, Optimum® AcreMax® hybrids provide in-plant protection from above ground pests including European Corn Borer, Fall Armyworm and Black Cutworm. The multiple mode of action trait prevents insect feeding, which can result in stalk breakage and ear damage, to maximize corn yields and profits.
Optimum® AcreMax® products offer improved insect control across a broader range of Corteva germplasm where growers do not need to plant a separate refuge in the field. This single bag product with integrated corn borer refuge provides the ultimate in simplicity, flexibility and convenience with maximized farm yields and technology preservation through refuge compliance.
Across 34 corn products in Western Canada, Optimum® AcreMax® products have an average score of 6 for test weight, 6 for stalk strength and 6 for root strength. And for silage growers, 7 for fiber digestibility and 8 for starch content.
Look for Pioneer® brand Optimum® AcreMax® products to get:
· Simple insect protection & resistance management – all in one bag
· Multiple traits & modes of action with above ground insect control
· Maximum yield potential
Contact your Pioneer Sales Representative to learn more.