The last newsletter covered the research breakthrough of enhanced nutrition in BMR forage sorghum. Now for the rest of the story.
With the data from the 8th-week harvest, Dr. Larry Chase of Cornell University entered it into the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System model. This gives us a prediction of how it would work in a real ration. The ration was balanced for an 85 lb./day production level. For the 2022 season, we went 8 weeks after heading (same as corn silage after tasseling) instead of the 6 of the 2020 season (right side of table below). The longer enhanced nutrition of the 8th week required only 0.6 of a pound of corn meal to equal a good corn silage in the diet. This was the same for the Pennsylvania trial and the Northern NY trial. The 2020 study which only went 6 weeks after heading required 0.9 lbs. of corn meal.