Always scoop, never grab. That’s the advice Bill Mahanna, general manager of forage products and nutritional sciences at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, gives producers when collecting corn silage samples for nutritional analysis.

When you grab a large handful of silage, pieces of kernels or cobs can easily fall out. However, when you use both hands to scoop up underneath the silage, you get a more representative sample for lab analysis. If you have processed corn silage, this is less of a concern due to improved uniformity as a result of the kernel processing, adds Mahanna.