In 2016, the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program evaluated yield and quality of short season corn silage varieties at Borderview Research Farm in Alburgh, VT. While short season corn is an obvious choice in areas that accumulate fewer Growing Degree Days (GDDs), it also has a place in longer season areas. Growing a shorter season variety can allow for more time in the fall to adequately prepare the soil for winter by applying manure and planting cover crops, thereby minimizing nutrient and soil losses. In addition to these benefits, past UVM Extension variety trials have shown that many of these shorter season corn varieties can have comparable yield and quality to longer season corn varieties. It is important to remember that the data presented in this report are from a single year. Hybrid-performance data from additional tests over several years should be compared when making varietal selections.


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