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
Alfalfa contains sugars that start to degrade after mowing, and sugars are needed to drive the ensiling fermentation. The key to high-quality hay silage is to wilt the crop to the proper DM level as quickly as possible.
As the air begins to chill and the fields change from their summery shade of green to that “almost ready” shade of brown, farmers are anxious to move their harvest equipment from the shop to the fields.
It's been a crazy winter throughout most of the United States. Ice, cold temperatures, and lack of snow cover in many areas poses a threat to the health and survival of alfalfa stands. Dr. Jon Pretz, dairy nutriti
Good quality silage starts with good quality forage. Ensiling can only preserve nutrients and dry matter (DM) already present in the crop. When preparing to harvest corn for silage, there are three important characteris
When silage shrinks, producers end up with less available feed and, often, a lower quality feed. The initial dry matter (DM) losses are often of more valuable nutrients such as sugars, starches and soluble proteins.