Inoculants contain live, viable bacteria and need to be handled carefully, though not much different than how you treat vaccines for your livestock herd. You want to keep heat, moisture and oxygen away from inoculants.
Ever pull back the plastic and know immediately just by the smell that greets you that something has gone terribly wrong with your silage fermentation? We’ll examine what that smell means and what may have happened.
What quality of alfalfa and corn silage are the current conditions expected to yield? Forage expert, Dr. John Goeser with Rock River Laboratory, shares what he’s seeing in alfalfa and what he expects for corn.
There are many types of microbes that naturally occur on forage crops in the field. Their populations vary with the weather during the growing season, crop management practices and the plant’s stage of maturity.
Is the bunker or silo ready? It’s never too early to start preparing for corn silage harvest. Corn moisture, particle size, packing density … don’t miss this refresher of harvest considerations from Penn State.
Uniform distribution of inoculants is a critical factor in their effectiveness. The bacteria in inoculants grow where they land on the forage, so it’s important to apply the product evenly across the crop.