Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Agriculture
Agriculture
Corn Breeding Population for New Silage Hybrids
WARF: P110355US01

Inventors: Natalia de Leon Gatti, James Coors, Dustin Eilert

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is seeking commercial partners interested in a population of corn that could be used to develop more nutritious silage hybrids with high dry matter yield.
Overview
Corn silage is a forage crop used for high energy feed on many dairy and cattle farms. The best corn for silage shares three main characteristics: high grain content, good yield and digestibility. An important metric is neutral detergent fiber digestibility (NDFD). It is estimated that every percent of NDFD is worth 0.6 pounds of milk.
The Invention
UW–Madison researchers have developed gem quality synthetic cycle 1 (GQS C1) corn that could be used to breed improved inbred lines and silage hybrids. The researchers selected plants displaying high NDFD, high yield and 75 percent Stiff Stalk background.
Applications
  • Development of high quality hybrids for silage production
Key Benefits
  • High neutral detergent fiber digestibility
  • High dry matter yield
  • Superior nutritional quality
  • Could be crossbred with other corn lines optimized for northern climates
Additional Information
For More Information About the Inventors
For current licensing status, please contact Emily Bauer at [javascript protected email address] or 608-960-9842

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