Ensiling lets livestock producers offer nutrient-rich forage in rations year-round. Knowing what happens after the silo is ensiled can help avoid pitfalls that reduce the quantity or quality of forage.
Every individual bale of hay is a mini fermentation unit. It's important to manage each like a silage unit - maintaining good, even fermentation from bale to bale. This provides better overall quality and consistency.
Not only tracking corn silage losses but also taking action to further reduce them is important to this Nebraska feedyard. Learn how one producer is minimizing silage shrink and how he uses silage in the ration.
Rains have caused many saturated fields and left some producers concerned that there will be little to no opportunity to harvest silage before corn dries down past desired moisture levels or the first frost.
Rain during harvest and filling can be exasperating, especially after you’ve probably spent time carefully determining your forage’s moisture content. Here’s how weather events can affect both quality and yield.