Taking a silage crop may, in some cases, be the very best option for a corn field even if it means selling that silage crop directly to a livestock producer in the area. A short corn crop will yield only a few tons of corn silage, but if you roll the dice and go to grain or ear corn harvest some fields will yield next to nothing.
Resources and information related to late planted corn crop can be found at: http://news.msue.msu.edu/news/article/feed_resources_index
Additional resources to help farms establish a reasonable corn silage value can be found at:
- http://cdp.wisc.edu/jenny/crop/cornsil.pdf (University of Wisconsin)
- https://www.msu.edu/user/steind/f_financial.html (Excel template to help estimate values)
- http://cdp.wisc.edu/Decision%20Making%20Tools.htm (Excel template to determine feed value of standing corn silage)