Strategic Considerations For Choosing A Corn Silage Hybrid

May 29, 2023

By Fred M. Hall

Reviewing guidelines for selecting an ideal corn silage hybrid is the focus of a June 21 webinar with the dairy team from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The program will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. by Adam Krull, a dairy veterinarian and nutritionist currently working for Pioneer.

“Adam will emphasize the significance of basic agronomic traits in ensuring yield stability, as well as a focus on dry matter and starch yield,” said Fred Hall, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

Additionally, the presentation will underscore the crucial role of growing conditions in influencing fiber digestibility, discouraging the selection of corn silage hybrids solely based on their genetic potential for high digestibility. It will highlight that prioritizing kernel processing to enhance silage quality is more important than solely focusing on a hybrid's genetics related to starch digestibility.

Adam Krull is a dairy veterinarian and nutritionist currently working for Pioneer, where he provides technical support to dairy producers, optimizing forage production, harvest, storage and preservation to enhance animal productivity and health.

Trained at Iowa State with expertise in dairy science, veterinary medicine, and veterinary microbiology, he brings extensive experience as a general dairy practitioner and former clinical assistant professor at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Krull's passion extends to his hobby farm, where he and his wife Amanda raise a herd of registered black Angus cattle.

There is no fee to participate in the webinar; however, preregistration is required at least one hour before the webinar. Preregister online at

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