Green-up is a sure sign that spring is here to stay which also means it’s time to check for winter injury to alfalfa and other crops. Learn the two biggest sources of damage to watch for and what to do if you find them
Ensiling high-moisture corn (HMC) offers beef and dairy producers with an on-farm source of high energy feed. However, in addition to often being prone to aerobic deterioration, a cool growing season and late harvest ca
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.
During ensiling there is an unseen battle between armies of microbes. High-quality forage inoculants supply armies of billions of elite, scientifically selected beneficial bacteria to help win this battle in your silage
Using the right amount of bacteria can drive rapid and efficient ensiling fermentation. These “fermentation aids” speed the pH drop and are applied at a minimum of 100,000 CFUs per gram of forage. But what is a CFU?
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
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.
Using a research-proven microbial inoculant can help improve silage quality. To get the best results, it’s important to treat the living organisms within the inoculant carefully. This helps guarantee the expected resu