At Glenn Seed, we believe that the best corn silage hybrids deliver more than high grain yields to achieve optimal feed performance. For 30+ years, we have been breeding and testing our Leafy and Floury Leafy Corn Silage Hybrids to meet the complex agronomic and nutritional requirements of the dairy and beef industries. In this time, our hybrids have become a different type of corn plant. They offer a superior balance of effective and digestible fiber, more rumen-available starch, and boast silage-specific agronomics such as high total plant yields and long harvest windows. They need less time in the silo before they can be fed and produce high quality milk and beef dependably and economically. Leafy and Floury Leafy Corn Silage Hybrids deliver value and security to dairies and feedlots through the synthesis of their unique silage qualities:
A reliable and robust crop is essential on a dairy. Silage hybrids need good stalks, strong roots and drought and disease resistance.
Total Plant Yield
A corn silage hybrid should balance high yields of both digestible fiber AND starch.
Long Harvest Window
To ensure the best quality silage makes it into the bunker, a hybrid should be slow-drying once it reaches optimal harvest moisture.
Short Storage Period
It is ideal to have a silage product that can be fed soon after harvest in order to save on storage space and to reduce dry matter losses.
High Starch Content
Corn silage needs plenty of energy-rich starch.
For maximum availability of starch in the rumen, kernels should break up easily into
small particles at harvest and during cow chewing.
A silage hybrid should have high NDF digestibility and sufficient effective fiber to promote rumination and rumen retention.
A silage hybrid needs to produce a forage that is versatile so that it can be balanced in various rations to satisfy the nutritional needs of all cow groups on the farm.
Silage in the ration must be palatable and promote healthy rumination, while providing the nutrition necessary to keep a herd healthy and productive.