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The Best Corn Hybrids for Silage: Viking Leafy-Floury

More Beef & Milk Production? Quantity AND Quality Count

Bred specifically to meet the complex agronomic and nutritional requirements of dairy and beef cattle, Viking Leafy-Floury hybrids develop more leaf area per plant than conventional grain hybrids.

Viking Leafy-Floury corn hybrids meet the agronomic and nutritional needs of dairy and beef producers. They have been bred for kernels with more floury starch than a dual-purpose corn hybrid.

Traditional grain-type hybrids produce tough, glassy kernels that remain unbroken during harvest, transport and storage. By contrast, Viking Leafy-Floury kernels are selected to be large, soft, and slow-drying, so they will fracture easily during chopping and cow chewing for maximum starch digestibility.

Viking Leafy-Floury corn hybrids contain a naturally occurring recessive gene called opaque-1. In the farmer’s field, a segregation of kernel type is seen on the ear. Approximately 25% of the kernels on each ear have completely floury interiors. The other 75% of the kernel set is composed of normal Leafy type kernels. The leafy gene produces a distinctive corn plant with eight or more leaves above the top ear.

Floury-leafy corn silage hybrids have a silage-specific kernel type that behaves differently in the field, the chopper, the silo, and in the rumen.

Three Viking Leafy-Floury Hybrids to Choose for YOUR Operation 

Viking O.33-95LF 95-Day C.R.M.

High Yielding and Digestible

Viking O.34-00LF 100-Day C.R.M.

Our Best 100-day Option for Silage

Viking O.35-09LF 109-Day C.R.M.

From East to West, A Strong Performer

Desirable Silage Agronomics

In addition to these distinctive qualities, floury-leafy hybrids offer a superior balance of effective and digestible fiber, plus strong silage-specific agronomics—specifically high total-plant yields and long harvest windows. Typical silage hybrids produce harder kernels that need up to six months of fermentation to fully release their starch. Because floury-leafy kernels are soft they need less time in the silo before they can be fed. They produce high quality milk and beef dependably and economically.

For best results, these hybrids should be planted at 28,000-30,000 plants per acre. To ensure the full expression of floury kernels, they should not be inter-planted with any other corn hybrid. These hybrids make excellent high-moisture corn, but should not be harvested for grain.

Meeting Market Demand in the Non-GMO Supply Chain

Not only do Viking Leafy-Floury corn hybrids help dairy and beef operators produce more, they also align with market demand. 

As more consumer-facing dairy brands, like Chobani® and Dannon®, pledge to go GMO-free, the cows that produce that GMO-free milk and meat have to be fed - surprise - feed that is free of non-GMO components. And that requires non-GMO corn, a large portion of which will be harvested and fed as silage. Viking Leafy Floury Hybrids are guaranteed to be 99% GMO free. (Learn more about our Viking Pure and Ultra-Pure non-GMO initiative here.)


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