This fact sheet authored by Joe Lawrence and Allison Kerwin was shared in a November PRO-DAIRY e-Leader Forage Systems alert, distributed to an email list of nearly 7,000 dairy producers, agriservice, and legislators.
The 2023 growing season varied greatly in the Northeast. These extremes were captured in fields across locations of the NY VT Corn Silage Hybrid Evaluation Program. This level of variation offers the opportunity to contrast hybrid performance in diverse environments. However, it may also reduce the usefulness of studying broader forage quality trends.
The report offers insight into hybrid performance as influenced by growing environment, and when used in conjunction with other data and experience, can be a useful tool to evaluate how a hybrid may fit a farm's forage goals.
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