Next-Gen Seed

For years, seed companies have been telling dairymen there’s no difference between the best corn for grain farmers and the best corn for dairy farmers. But the truth is, there’s no such thing as dual-purpose corn: there’s grain corn and there’s silage corn. And we specialize in the latter. In fact, since 1999, PEG has been the only company that specializes in dairy-specific hybrids. And through our decades of intensive forage research, genetics testing, and in-the-field results, we’ve cultivated a catalog of high-performing dairy-specific hybrids. Hybrids that yield more digestible, nutrient-dense silage. Hybrids we call: Next-Gen Seed.


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Answers, not Options

Consistency, Not Variety

We maintain a small catalog of hybrids because there are only a small number of plants that consistently maximize milk yields and safeguard herd health. It’s this consistency that enables us to accurately predict how each of our Next-Gen Seed hybrids will perform under different conditions and recommend the best options for your farm. And consistency in your forages means consistency in your business—which leads to the longevity of the business. Whether you’re hoping to pass your dairy down to your kids or just working to make it as robust as possible, there’s one sure-fire way to secure your farm’s future: forage consistency.

Starch and fiber are two things that a dairy cow gets out of corn silage. At Prairie Estates Genetics, we measure exactly how much starch and fiber is in the corn and how digestible those elements are.

Use this tool to see how starch and fiber affect milk yield.

The Perfect Corn Silage

Too much fiber fills the stomach and stops the cow from eating which reduces milk production.

Too little starch doesn't provide enough energy to the cow and therefore reduces milk production.

Too Much Fiber

Too much starch leads to rumen upset and fat depression.

Too little fiber is not healthy for the cow because it leads to rumen upset.

Too Much Starch

Digestibility of both the starch and fiber is what limits or boosts milk production. If forages are consistently high in quality, there will be fewer production inconsistencies and ruminal upsets. That’s the power of Next-Gen Seed.

The Perfect PEG Balance

THE PERFECT CORN SILAGE

Starch and fiber are two things that a dairy cow gets out of corn silage. At Prairie Estates Genetics, we measure exactly how much starch and fiber is in the corn and how digestible those elements are.

Use this tool to see how starch and fiber affect milk yield.

TOO MUCH FIBER

Too much fiber fills the stomach and stops the cow from eating which reduces milk production.

Too little starch doesn't provide enough energy to the cow and therefore reduces milk production.

TOO MUCH STARCH

Too much starch leads to rumen upset and fat depression.

Too little fiber is not healthy for the cow because it leads to rumen upset.

THE PERFECT PEG BALANCE

Digestibility of both the starch and fiber is what limits or boosts milk production. If forages are consistently high in quality, there will be fewer production inconsistencies and ruminal upsets. That’s the power of Next-Gen Seed.

Results Through Testing

To ensure our Next-Gen Seed varieties perform at the highest level in a variety of conditions and climates, we pre-test all our hybrids for quality and tonnage in more than 20 locations for 3 years—long before we ever offer them to our customers. In fact, we have over 18 years of data on the feed performance of 1000+ dairies. This data helps us develop precise forage management practices for each of our hybrids and provide you with recommendations specific to your farm’s location, conditions, and goals.

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We’ve Been Testing for Forage Quality and Tonnage, Uninterrupted Since 1985

We pre-test all of our hybrids for quality and tonnage for 3 years in 22 locations before we ever put them in our customers’ fields. Locations include: Wisconsin, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Michigan, and New York. And we’re adding more all the time!

Our Next-Gen Seed Offerings

  • Dairy Corn Hybrids
  • Hybrid Alfalfa
  • Low Lignin Alfalfa
  • Assorted Grasses and Clovers
  • Fermentation Aid (Harvest Home)
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Less Than 10% of Corn Grown in the U.S. Is Grown for Dairy Cows

Other seed companies grow for the great majority: grain farmers. Not Prairie Estates Genetics. Since 1999, we’ve been the only company that specializes in dairy-specific hybrids.

This 10% Represents 100% of What We Do

Because we’ve been focused solely on dairy forages for more than 20 years, we know them inside and out. Want to talk about the drought of 2012? We can tell you which hybrids performed best that year. Get in touch and we’ll find the Next-Gen Seed + Next-Gen Service combination that’ll perform best on your farm.

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