Forage Corn

Uses of Ray Brothers FORAGE CORN

(18 ton at 65% around 70 day plant to harvest)

$58 per 50lb (90,000 seed) bag with free freight on a pallet or more

Harvesting BMR Forage Corn

A Bountiful Harvest

Mature BMR Silage Corn Stalks

Mature BMR Stalks

Ray Brothers Corn Field

At Home In The Field


BMR Corn Silage Cutting

Forage Corn At Cutting

Greenleaf grazing corn is a very high quality grass. The BMR is even higher quality than regular corn, and even of greater importance ,can be grazed later (higher yields) with less drop in quality. Grazing corn can be grown after peas, first or even second cut alfalfa, and after small grains where there is sufficient season and moisture available. Another way is to utilize a cool season cereal in the fall and graze it in the fall and spring and then plant corn for warm season production. Corn can produce 7 ton or more dry matter is 75 days or less.

Corn belt hybrids yield the most grain at around a 30,000 population and a leaf area index of about 5. For grazing, prior to tassel, we need much higher populations to maximize yield, as high as 80 to 100,000 kernels for early greenleaf grazing.

We think the main reason grass finishing is difficult, is that the cool season grass period is too short. We need a high quality grass to fill in the summer slump period and lead into the fall cool season grass growth.

Hybrid vigor refers to the restoration of vigor between 2 unrelated inbred parents. The hybrid is also very uniform giving value to spaced plants, where uniformity is important, as in grain corn and especially with many garden or vegetable crops. It has little or no value in crops produced for forage which is why there are none except for corn and sorghum. Our Synthetic BMR is not a high producing grain variety, but will excel as a forage variety. It will never out yield a hybrid at a normal population, but because it is much cheaper than hybrid seed it can be seeded at higher populations. At these higher seeding rate, our BMR will produce greater tonnage than comparable maturity hybrid at their recommended seeding rates. Because it is not important for plant spacing RAY BROTHERS BROWN MIDRIB FORAGE CORN can be planted with a common grain drill but keep in mind soil contact is imports so press wheels are a must.

Because BMR hybrid corn seed is so expensive, Its use has been limited to corn silage and grain production we have solved this issue with our low cost seed production in southern Idaho and Eastern Oregon.

Greenleaf grazing

Prior to discovering the greater milk production of BMR silage, the increase consumption and weight gains were noted with BMR. Greenleaf BMR corn is the highest quality annual grass and can yield over 7 DM ton per acre in as little as 75 days. It could be very useful during the summer slump when the cool season grasses are giving out. It can also be planted after peas, cool season grazing crops, or as late as after second cut alfalfa or even cereal grains. In 105 day corn maturity area we have had a good yield seeding as late as August 1.

Windrowing at tassel and then wilting for silage

FORAGE CORN can also be planted after peas, cool season grazing crops, or as late as after second cut alfalfa or even winter wheat.

Cutting corn prior to tassel is relatively a new idea in the north west. This will be profitable in a double crop scenario with our reasonable seed cost. Basically it will just replace follow up crops like BMR sorghum-sudan.

The other advantage to corn is the fact that it is a sub tropical plant so it will tolerate the cooler northwest nights and hot day unlike the full tropical BMR sorghum-sudan

FORAGE CORN will be higher quality and produce more tonnage in a shorter amount of time. The machinery need will be a swather and a forage harvester with a pickup. Because of the high tonnage a rotary will be preferable but keep in mind because of the low fiber and green young plants this will not damage a conventional swather, they will just be slower. One thing that will surprise and impress most people is that our FORAGE CORN planted in the middle of the summer will grow very fast and get just as tall as the same corn planted in the spring. This is due to the higher heat units while the corn is in the early stage. Ears will begin to develop depending on the fall weather but most likely will not dent down and finish properly.

Winter grazing

One of the biggest costs with beef cow herds is putting up hay for winter feed. An advantage to corn is that it is tall enough to stick above snow so the cow can find and go after the rest of the plant.

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here is a recent study about brown midrib corn silage it is very thorough

here is a hay and forage article titled BMR MAKES MILK

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