Corn Silage Research Project

For over fifteen years, dairy producers have benefited from the PDMP Corn Silage Research Project through detailed and specific reports that help them evaluate corn hybrids. Between the volatility of the feed markets, and the extreme weather impacts of recent growing seasons, producers have found the results of this research to be more important than ever in making the most effective and profitable purchasing decisions to meet the goals of their individual operations.

This producer initiated, designed, run and delivered project is recognized nationally as the only silage research conducted by an independent third party, and as such it provides leadership in assessing the hybrids via unbiased information. In addition to making it easier for producers to make meaningful comparisons of corn hybrid seeds, the results influence decisions made by seed companies, leading them to develop hybrids that best meet the needs of the dairy industry. The PDMP research program is conducted in a unique and collaborative effort between actual dairy producers, Penn State University and the seed companies.  Further collaboration with Cornell University and Western NY Crop Management bring uniformity to all of the testing protocols and reporting of data in the Northeast region.