The silage option for canola

Dry conditions could mean a hay shortage in parts of the Prairies. Growers with poor-looking canola crops may want to estimate the seed yield potential and weigh that against the potential feed value of the biomass.

Canola silage (on a dry matter basis) averages 12 to 14% crude protein but can be as high as 16% or more. Total Digestible Nutrients TDN (energy) averages 55% to 60%. For more on canola silage as a feed source, read this factsheet from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and listen to an ACPC podcast with Barry Yaremcio, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.