Implementing regenerative agricultural practices can improve the quality and quality of the silage in a more sustainable way.

In collaboration with Yara and Corteva

Why does it matter?

Changing soil practices, such as fertilisation and seeding, are not always easy to implement. By optimising all the inputs and simplifying the process of growing crops, the quality and quantity of silage can be significantly increased.

How did we solve this?

For this pilot, four varieties of maize hybrid seeds were selected. The soil was prepared using strip till technology. The seeding strategy was optimised according to the type of seed and soil characteristics. We developed and implemented a specific fertilisation plan, and provided technical and substantive support to the farmer, when preparing grass or corn silage.

Thanks to these practices, we expect to achieve better crop quality and quantity, resulting in higher feed efficiency. We also expect a reduction in GHG emissions as a result of a lower carbon footprint associated with feed production and a reduction in fuel consumed per hectare.

Opportunities for other farms?

Corn and corn silage are a major feed input in a cow’s diet. Implementing targeted agricultural practices can lead to optimal benefits, improving quality and quantity of silage. Optimising regenerative agricultural practices for silage cultivation can be replicated on all farms with available land.  

More case studies

Additional fat in ration to increase milk yield and quality, Romania

Precision fertilization and soil health, Spain

In collaboration with Yara

Increasing grazing (even in winter), France

A contribution from Danone Ecosystem Fund