We've always believed the needs of our dairy producers were unique. So when others proclaimed "the best grain corn is the best silage corn," we disagreed. And our scientists successfully dedicated themselves to identifying superior silage genetics. Our HiDF hybrids deliver top productivity and digestibility where you need it most – in the silo, bunk or bag.
We identify our silage-specific hybrids as HiDF—Highly Digestible Forage. Our corn research staff has been aggressively working to identify and develop new genetics that will carry critical silage components into the evolving corn silage market. Through this effort we’ve released HiDF silage hybrids ranging from 85 to 112 days of maturity.
There are a few things that make breeding for corn silage a challenge. Unlike corn for grain, this is still an evolving science and there is no industry consensus of what it takes to make a great silage hybrid. From region to region, farm to farm and nutritionist to nutritionist, the answer often will be different.
At Dairyland Seed, we’ve focused on improving four components of corn silage: 1) Tonnage; 2) Grain composition and nutritional value; 3) Reducing nondigestible fiber levels; and 4) Plant Synchronicity. We assess all four of these components before releasing a silage hybrid. We’re able to do this through an extensive on-farm strip trial program in addition to our in-house research efforts.
All of our nutritional and digestibility data from these plots is developed through independent lab analysis. We also work very closely with several universities to evaluate potential new HiDF products. Each year we screen dozens of hybrid combinations for potential commercial release. It is through this process that Dairyland Seed differentiates itself from our competitors. We’re not simply selling grain hybrids for silage. HiDF hybrids have a silage focus with solid research behind them.
We’re excited about the corn silage genetics that we’re working with. And we continue to bring forward only the best possible silage hybrids under our HiDF designation.