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.
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 help generate sugars for the inoculant bacteria to use for growth and fermentation. They provide fuel for the “good” bacteria, which drives a fast, effective forage fermentation
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.
In less-than-ideal harvest conditions, producers may be forced to ensile forages at high-moisture content. Early harvests — with moisture levels higher than 70% — can lead to increased effluent runoff.
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.