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As I was feeding green corn stalks from sweet corn to the horses and day dreaming about haying, my dream and my reality quickly merged in my mind and I came up with an idea that I felt was almost genius. My idea is too plant silage corn in 12 inch rows, cut it down with a discbine as the cobs are starting to develop and aren't too hard for the cows or the baler and then plant millet on the same piece of ground too hay or graze. I ran the idea past dad; and after making a bunch of points as too why he thinks we should just silage the corn instead of doing all this he told me too get some numbers and facts. I already have cost but what I need is tonnage for the corn at this stage keeping in mind that I'll be cutting over the lower parts of the stalk where there's more nitrogen as I don't wanna kill my parents cows. I'd also like to point out that I live in Manitoba Canada where we're in the field about mayish and get frost about novemberish and good rain during end of august early september through 'till we get snow. Thanks for any help.
 

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You would be better to listen to the old man, your first problem will be the corn silage will mature all at once so the grain will harden b4 u feed it to cows if u green chopping and feeding daily, then u will have the stubble to deal with when u cutting millet
 

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Neighbors always used to plant forage sorghum along with any corn that would be chopped, if turned dry the sorghum would still grow where the corn wouldn't, if it was a good year the tonnage was just like double cropping.
 

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Around here corn silage normally comes off early enough that some are planting sorghum/sudan right after harvest as a double crop. As long as we have a warm fall they say that they can get a decent amount of silage from the sorghum/sudan and that it will use any remaining nitrogen that the corn didn't.
 

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When I was in college one of my Canadian class mates mentioned that they had gotten some free seed corn. They planted it with a drill that had every other hole blocked, cut it with a haybine, and made silage of it. So I think that part of your plan could work. I suspect your growing season will be too short to really benefit from a double crop. Of course there's no harm in trying a small plot.
 
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