This picture of 209-53 was taken yesterday along highway 33 near Cashton. With rain delaying silage harvest most silage products from other brands have completely died causing whole plant moisture to crash. The late season staygreen and plant health of 209-53 makes it one the best silage hybrids available from Channel. Take a close look at the silage products you are planting. Hybrid selection is much much more critical when you rely on the whole plant and not just the ear.
These early Channel 1508R2's should be ready to harvest later next week. This field is standing well and should be very easy to cut. Many fields I have scouted are lodged badly. I'm hoping the beans will stand up a little after the leaves drop. If they do not proper header settings will be key. Running the reel farther forward and low will help cut cleaner. Harvesting as close to 13% moisture as possible will help reduce field losses if you have to get aggressive with reel speed. Making passes across the field at an angle instead of following the rows can also help in down beans.
The pictures show 2 very different hybrid styles for silage. Channel 205-19STX is a huge grain yielder that has great digestability numbers and plant height. This 105 day hybrid is nearing black layer while the 109 day Mycogen is 3/4 milk line. I will have the quaility information on these two products for comparison.
209-53 is the top selling hybrid in the I-states delivering unmatched grain yield. In our area it delivers unmatched silage yield and quality. High energy, low NDF, and high NDF digestability make it an amazing silage product!
Top dieback caused by anthracnose. Diseases typically target weak plants. Fields that are deficient in nitrogen or fertilizer and stressed by oversaturation and drought are the first victims. Also, watch your older varieties. Newer products tend to have much better disease tolerance.
Black lesions on the stems is a clear indicator of anthracnose.
Split the stem and crown to look for rotten and discolored tissue. These plants will not stand late into the season.
Soybean diseases are very common in our area this year. The main problems I have seen are white mold, brown stem rot, and stem canker. Our environment has been ideal for fungal infections of soybeans and corn. There are many tools to manages these diseases. Proper variety selection for the environment is key along with reduced planting population, wider row widths, and fungicide applications.
This 110 day silage hybrid stays healthy and maintains proper harvest moisture allowing for a wider harvest window. 210-95 also brings huge grain yield giving the dairy farmer high yield and high energy corn silage.
Shredlage sample of 210-95. This special processor does a great job processing the cob and kernals while tearing the plant fiber apart leaving no whole pieces of the stalk. The length of cut is longer as well nearing 1.2".