Silage Quality of Corn Grown at Different Weed Densities


Kara E., İleri O., Erkovan Ş., Sürmen M., Erkovan H. İ. , Koç A.

Turkish Journal of Range and Forage Science, vol.3, no.1, pp.25-29, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Abstract

Quality of silage corn is assessed over dry matter ratio, dry matter intake, crude protein, energy, and mineral contents. In this study, the effects of different weed densities on the silage quality of corn were investigated in the 2019 and 2020 years. Silage pH, Fleig score, dry matter ratio, crude protein, NDF, and ADF contents were assumed as silage quality parameters. The experiment was established in randomized block design. Silage pH, Fleig score, dry matter ratio did not present significant variations between the years but crude protein, NDF, and ADF contents significantly varied. Weed density significantly affected NDF content only. Although weed density did not have a significant effect on the silage quality of corn, cultivation should be carried out weed-free for high yielding.