Our Silage Project Goals
The Corn Silage Hybrid Project has a two-fold objective:
- Short Term: Provide reliable, third-party silage hybrid research and do so in a customizable format so that producers can determine the best hybrids for their operations according to the unique characteristics that are important to their situations and objectives.
- Long Term: Influence the decisions of seed companies all the way back to the chain of influence, to the plant breeding decision makers, so that developing highly digestible true forage hybrids become a priority of the commercial seed industry.
How it Works
The Project is designed by the PDMP Corn Silage Research Committee; a collaborative and dedicated sub-committee of PDMP made up of dairy producer members, representatives of the seed industry and our partners at Penn State with whom PDMP contracts to manage the extensive logistics of planting, maintaining and harvesting the numerous test plots.
PDMP members who are interested in joining the committee or offering suggestions for future testing are encouraged to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Each growing season, seed companies that wish to gain more data on their developing products, enter their selected hybrids with a fee to help PDMP cover costs for the program and testing.
Penn State Crop & Soil Sciences, under the leadership of Jessica Williams, plants, maintains and monitors the plots through the growing season and submits --- to an independent laboratory for testing. Results are targeted for the first week of November.