Maizex Production Guide 2024

17 MZ vs MS: How to Choose? The choice between a dual-purpose MZ hybrid and a silage-specific MS (or LF/LFG) hybrid will depend on the specific needs and goals of your operation and local growing conditions. Here are some factors to consider when choosing between the two types of corn hybrids: Yield: Dual-purpose hybrids are bred to produce both grain and silage, while silage-specific hybrids are bred primarily for high silage yield. If a farmer’s primary goal is to maximize overall yield, a dual-purpose hybrid may be a better choice, since it can provide both grain and silage. Nutritional quality: The nutritional quality of corn silage is important for livestock feed and can vary depending on the hybrid. Silage-specific hybrids are often bred for high fibre content and earlier digestibility, which can be important in some rations for dairy cattle. Dual-purpose hybrids may have lower fibre content and higher, more uniform starch content, which can be beneficial for both grain and silage production on some farms. Plant characteristics: Dual-purpose and silage-specific hybrids may have different characteristics that make them better suited for different growing conditions or management practices. For example, silagespecific hybrids may have taller plants with more leaves and a lower ear-to-stalk ratio, which can make them efficient for silage production. Dual-purpose hybrids may have a higher percentage of starch and energy for a ration given the plant is more focused on the ear, with shorter plants and stronger stalks, which can be more resistant to lodging. Overall, the choice between a dual-purpose and a silage-specific corn hybrid will depend on a variety of factors including your ration needs. Talk to your Maizex dealer to help determine the best strategy for your operation.