Winter crops that fail due to drought, frost, poor pod set or low grain yield potential can be cut as silage or hay. With correct management, a failed grain crop can be salvaged as quality forage.
- Hay and silage can be made from failed crops as an alternative income source and is sometimes a profitable venture
- The quality of canola and cereal hay and silage can vary enormously; quality testing is suggested before feeding to livestock
- Before cutting, chemical withholding periods must have expired
- Hay cut at late flowering and conditioned provides a reasonable balance between yield and feed quality
- Markets for hay can be unstable
- Hay and silage can be fed to all types of ruminant livestock as long as precautions are taken when introduced to their diet
- Salvaging calculators can assist growers with failed crops
A failed canola crop may be salvaged as hay or silage, but good management is essential to produce a quality product GRDC
For more information refer to this HAY AND SILAGE FACT SHEET.