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Looking for guys input on what variety of silage barley would work the best for me I'm in central sask. Not looking to inter crop just straight up barley. Thanks

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We run a dairy, so are looking for high digestibility and starch content. We have had good luck with legacy and ranger in the last few years. Tried sundre before that but had more trouble with leaf disease which would lower overall digestibility too much.

There are other varieties like cowboy that will often straight up out yield these varieties on a per acre basis, but the high energy content per mouthful isn't quite there

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We have been cutting legacy for a few years. Just cut what we need and harvest the rest. Have tried other silage barley variety but it’s easier to have less variety’s and splitting fields for silage. Legacy has yielded about the same as others but the window to cut it is a lot smaller. We cut it out selfs and only need about 120-130 acres a year. Last few years it has been 8-12 ton/acre.
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Ranger is the only barley we will grow for our dairy silage. It stands up really well under our irrigation and is not affected by leaf diseases as bad as other varieties we have tried. Did Sundre barley one year as well and we will never grow that crap again.

We had Ranger and Sundre side by side on a quarter and it was night and day difference. Sundre was flat as a pancake and had to cut it one way with a macdon m150. While the Ranger next to it was still standing great, it had a slight lean to it in some places though. Sundre was full of leaf disease while the Ranger still had perfectly green leaves with no sign of disease present. Then finally Sundre yielded bad compared to Ranger. Sundre grew a lot of straw but not a lot grain, when we were putting it in the silage bagger and trucking it around you could tell we had volume but no real tonnes.

Ranger yielded around 12 tonnes/acre and Sundre yielded about 8-9 tonnes/acre. We also combined a little of both and Ranger did about 120 bu/acre and Sundre did 70 bu/acre. Same fertility for both and seeded same day.

We also did try some Cowboy a few years back, cant really say anything bad about it, but can't really say anything good about either, nothing special about that made us want to keep growing it.

Also tried some Champion a few years back, good grain yield but had too many ergot problems with it and Ranger yielded just as well when we grew them together.
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