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Pricing silage, earlage, snaplage from immature corn

03 October 2019

Delayed planting, lack of growing degree-days, drought, hail or insect damage, or early frost can all result in immature corn at harvest.

Depending upon the degree of immaturity, harvesting corn as silage, earlage, or snaplage may result in greater crop revenue than harvesting as high-moisture or dry-shelled corn, writes Monica Jean, Michigan State University Extension. This fact sheet summarizes typical corn nutrient values with varying harvest, storage, or processing methods.

Pricing methods and considerations are also described that may serve corn crop owners and livestock producers as a starting point to enter value negotiations. Worksheets for calculating crop values are included in print or as an excel tool that automates calculations.

In addition to this publication, Michigan State University Extension had been developing resources to aid producers in the harvest decision making process. Other resources to consider when determining the best option for your immature corn are:

Guidelines for pricing silage, earlage or snaplage from immature corn

This fact sheet summarizes typical corn nutrient values with varying harvest, storage, or processing methods.

Tool for pricing silage, earlage or snaplage from immature corn

Spreadsheet to calculate whether harvesting corn as silage, earlage, or snaplage may result in greater crop revenue than harvesting as high-moisture or dry-shelled corn.

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