Maize silage drymatter cost
Research has shown that maize can be grown in high fertility dairy farm paddocks, including those with a history of effluent application, without the need for additional fertiliser.
The table below gives indicative drymatter costings for both high and typical maize growing environments. High fertility environments include dairy paddocks coming out of long-term pasture, as well as paddocks with a history of effluent application. Typical fertility environments include run-out pasture paddocks and repeat cropping blocks. Very low fertility paddocks including repeat cropping blocks are likely to require additional fertiliser nutrinets depending on a number of factors including maize crop yield and winter management system. Always soil test maize paddocks and apply nutrients according to the results.
Drymatter yield per hectare and cost per kg drymatter
and per megajoule of metabolisable energy
|Maize silage drymatter costs|
|Low fertility paddock||High fertility paddock|
|tDM/ha||Maize silage cost per kgDM
in the stack (c/kgDM)
|Maize silage cost
per MJME (c/MJME)
|Maize silage cost per
kgDM in the stack (c/kgDM)
|Maize silage cost per
|Maize silage yield (tDM) in the stack||16||34.6||3.21||-||-|
- Average land rentals have not been included because of large regional variations. Provision to consider land rental has been included in the My Cost column.
- Fertiliser and lime application rates vary according to soil pH and nutrient status and crop yield targets. Always soil test maize paddocks and seek professional advice to develop a nutrient application plan.
- Cultivation costs will vary depending on soil types, land class and cropping history.
- Cost for Pioneer® brand 11C33RR are based on inoculating a 22 tDM/ha crop.
- Maize silage cost per MJME assumes a maize silage energy content of 10.8 MJME/kgDM.
- Farmers growing maize silage for sale are usually responsible for costs up to and including side dressing nitrogen application.
- The amount of pasture lost during the maize growing season will vary between paddocks, farms and districts. The value of pasture lost during the maize growing season has not been considered in the calculation of the maize silage drymatter cost.
- The cost and benefits of regrassing have not been included.
The information in this calculator is general in nature and is not intended to be a representation of actual costs. We do no accept any responsibility or liability (whether as a result of negligence or otherwise) for any loss of any kind that may arise from actions based on the contents of this calculator or otherwise in connection with the use of this calculator.