In many parts of the country where corn silage is unavailable, small-grain silage is a good alternative. Small grains grown for silage typically can be produced in a double cropping system to make up for lower volume, compared with corn from similar acreage. Small-grain silage typically is lower in energy but higher in protein and fiber than corn silage. Small grains, with the exception of rye, should be harvested for silage when the grain is in the soft dough stage, according to Mississippi State University Extension specialists, when the leaves and stalks are highly digestible, and yields of energy and protein are greatest. Timing of the harvest is critical, as the crop remains in the optimum stage of maturity for only three to six days.