1 = Poor; 5 = Excellent
BMR (Brown Mid-Rib): BMR 6
Maturity: 95 Days
Approximate Height: 7-9 ft.
Leaf Disease Resistance: 4
Sugarcane Aphid Tolerance: 3
Double Crop: 4
Drought Tolerance: 5
Recovery after cutting: 3
- Cut and Carry – not the recommended harvest strategy for this hybrid. Though, this is possible with proper management.
- Grazing – usually most popular after initial silage harvest, on the ratooned crop
- Silage – The large amounts of digestible energy coming from the high quality fiber in 95 BMR, along with the tremendous leafiness and starch production means that you can expect a superior, highly nutritious silage product that can replace corn in the high performance ruminant diet. Ideal silage moisture levels at soft dough stage are 68% to 72% H2O. With the high sugar concentration, it can be expected that this forage will ferment and cool down very rapidly when properly packed in storage.
Emergence (days): 10
- Soil temperature of 60 F and climbing
- Average seeds/pound: 14,000-15,000
- Planting depth should be 1½-2 in. depending on soil moisture:
30 in. rows: 80,000-100,000 seeds/acre
15 in. rows: 100,000-120,000 seeds/acre
Higher populations than recommended above may have negative
- Can be no-tilled into stubble of winter and spring crops
- Do not plant in soil with pH greater than 7.5 as iron chlorosis can be a problem
- Please test your soil!
- Under favorable conditions, 1-1¼ lbs. of nitrogen per day of planned growth should be available for ultimate growth, with little risk for nitrate poisoning. For example, for a planned 95 day harvest, 95-118 lbs. of nitrogen should be available.
- Potassium levels should be maintained similar to that of corn
- If soil pH is greater than 7.2, an application of iron may be necessary to prevent iron chlorosis
- Exceeding the recommended fertility above may have negative lodging results
Avoiding Nitrate and Prussic Acid Poisoning:
- Do not harvest drought stricken plants within four days following a heavy rain
- Do not apply nitrogen prior to expected drought periods
- If in doubt, cut at higher stubble height as nitrates tend to accumulate in the lower stalk
- If high prussic acid is found, wait one month prior to feeding. Unlike excessive nitrates, prussic acid will escape from the plant over time
- Harvest at soft dough stage, when top half of seed head is at soft dough and lower is a bit milky
- Moisture levels should be between 68%-72% H20, allowing this high quality forage to ferment very quickly
- Cutting height: for optimum regrowth (ratooning), crop should be harvested leaving 2 nodes or approximately 6-8 in. of plant material
- Use sharp blades: a clean cutting will enhance regrowth
- Ideal chop length is at 1-1¼ in.
- Quality levels, including NDFd, protein and available starch, will
decline if crop is harvested after soft dough stage
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