Breeding Population of Corn for Enhanced Silage Production
Inventors: James Coors, Natalia de Leon Gatti, Dustin Eilert, Patrick Flannery
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is seeking commercial partners interested in developing a new corn population with superior milk production potential.
Dairy cows require a lot of energy to produce milk. Corn silage is commonly fed to dairy cattle because it is a highly digestible, high energy food source. Increasing the digestibility of corn silage should increase the amount of energy dairy cows consume and thereby increase milk production.
UW-Madison researchers have developed a new corn population, known as the Wisconsin Quality Synthetic-C4 (WQS C4), with superior milk production potential. Inbred corn lines derived from WQS C4 can be combined with inbred lines derived from the Stiff Stalk Synthetic corn population to provide high yield, high quality hybrids that are adapted to the Northern Corn Belt.
- Provides a source population for developing superior inbred corn lines to be used as parents for hybrid silage varieties
- High milk production potential
- Low neutral detergent fiber (NDF)
- High in vitro true digestibility (IVTD)
- High in vitro NDF digestibility (IVNDFD)
- High protein
- Relative maturity of approximately 110 days
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