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.
The early ensiling period is critical to silage quality and stability. This is when newly harvested forage begins the transition to stable silage. Driving a fast, efficient fermentation is essential to maximizing dry ma
Silage harvest needs to be fast, but not so fast that you don’t take a few minutes to check kernel processor accuracy. Dr. Brian Luck has created an in-field kernel assessment that’s as easy as taking a picture.
Enzymes in silage inoculants are primarily used to generate sugars for the inoculant bacteria to use for growth and fermentation. Enzymes essentially provide fuel for the bacteria to drive a fast, effective forage ferme
Summer annual crops that experience sustained periods of dry weather can contain high levels of nitrates, which can have detrimental effects on feeding. Crops with high nitrates can also be dangerous for people as well.
Silage pH varies depending on the forage to be ensiled, the dry matter (DM) level of the crop and the phase of ensiling ‚Äî among other factors. While there are target pH ranges, this measure isn't an absolute
A low pH is needed to create stable, high-quality silage. It helps create the environment to essentially “pickle” the forage and helps prevent growth of spoilage microbes like clostridia, yeasts and molds.
I’m an organic producer and am interested in trying an inoculant on my forages. However, my certifier has warned me that some inoculants may not be suitable for my use. Is there anything I should be looking for in an
As producers feed out silage in the winter, some may notice steam rising from their pile, bunker or silo. Don’t get worried just yet! This isn’t always an indication of aerobic instability in the silage.