It’s worth repeating: air is the enemy of high-quality silage. As silage is opened and fed, it is once again exposed to air, and oxygen allows aerobic organisms that survived the ensiling process — such as bacilli,
It is estimated that between $600 million and $2.2 billion worth of silage is lost each year simply due to dry matter (DM) losses from spoilage and heating1 — decreases in production due to nutritive value losses coul
Silage “shrink” — due to losses during ensiling — means that producers end up not only with less available feed due to dry matter (DM) loss, but it also results in lower feed quality due to those DM losses being
While the current ag economy is resulting in challenging times, Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie says it is an exciting time as well—because there is a flood of new technology from planting to harvest.
Minnesota dairy producer Tom Luebke knows just how important it is to prevent mold and heating in his silage. Even though he solved his spoilage problems 18 years ago, the experience is still fresh in his memory. Luebke
When silage is opened at feedout, it is once again exposed to air (oxygen) allowing aerobic organisms that survived the ensiling process — e.g. bacteria, yeasts and molds — to grow. The growth of these spoilage orga