Can certain hybrid traits and fertilizer management improve corn silage yield when intercropped with alfalfa
Dr. Swetabh Patel
Postdoc Researcher, USDA ARS
Wednesday, April 21st at 3 p.m. CDT
646-828-7666; ID: 161 4139 6271
Interseeding alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) with conventional corn (Zea mays L.) silage production has the potential to improve overall profitability and environmental sustainability of forage production on dairy farms. Establishing alfalfa in corn can help jump-start alfalfa into full production the following year. However, intercropped alfalfa will likely compete with corn for nutrients, water, and other resources and may decrease corn silage yield. Identifying certain corn hybrid traits that can be related to improved silage yield and managing fertilizer application may be the answer to alleviate the decrease in corn silage yield when intercropped with alfalfa.