kernel growth stage, silage dry matter, corn production
Periodically, corn growers inquire about the silage potential of corn at a given growth stage. Table 1 shows how the silage potential of corn differs among kernel growth stages. Not the silage dry matter (DM) yield of corn doubles from the silk to the full dent stage. In addition, the increase in percent of maximum silage DM yield for each stage from silk to early dent is 10%. Thereafter, maximum DM yield increases 20% from early to full dent.
Hall, Robert, "Relationship Between Kernel Growth Stage at Harvest and Silage Dry Matter Production in Corn" (1995). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 312.