Four rules for silage inoculants

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Richard Muck, agricultural engineer with the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, lists the following rules for using silage inoculants:

  • Always use products designated for the crop you are ensiling. Inoculants only work if the bacteria go on the crop alive. Store in a cool, dry place and don’t use chlorinated water to dilute unless the chlorine level is less than 1 ppm.
  • The bacteria cannot move around. You must spread them uniformly on the crop.
  • Ask for research data, especially independent results, to back up product claims.

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