The ideal wilt window when harvesting small-grain forages for silage is at least 32% dry matter (DM), and preferably to greater than 35% DM, following mowing. Hitting this critical wilt window is important.
When it comes to first-cut alfalfa, it’s best to start with the end in mind – know what quality and yield are needed for your dairy or beef cows. Higher-quality alfalfa silage can increase your relative feed value. For dairy and beef producers, this can help improve animal performance while maintaining profitability.