When testing your forages for moisture, sampling technique is more important than your selection of a measurement method, such as drying oven, microwave or electronic meter. That’s the word from Matthew Digman, Ph.D. graduate student in biological systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A good sample can be obtained by using a bucket loader or silage facer to shave the face of the bunker silo from top to bottom. For safety purposes, never stand too close to the bunker face. Use machinery not only to shave the face, but also to pull the sample back a safe distance before gathering up handfuls and placing them in a 5-gallon bucket.