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.
About half of your total yield comes from the first cut of alfalfa. We’ve got tips on when to cut, what to watch for in the plant, and what more and more producers are doing to get their forage out of the field quicker
When it comes to first-cut alfalfa, it’s best to start with the end in mind – know what quality and yield are needed for your dairy or beef cows. Higher-quality alfalfa silage can increase your relative feed value. For dairy and beef producers, this can help improve animal performance while maintaining profitability.
Silage expert Limin Kung Jr explains the three types of inoculants and how to pick the right one. He also shares important tips to manage the mixing and application process because it’s true the devil is in the details