A general understanding of what occurs during the fermentation process is critical to implementing sound management practices when storing and feeding silages.

What happens during the fermentation process determines the quality and quantity of stored feed that will be available at feedout. In the April 2013 issue of Kentucky Dairy Notes, Donna Amaral-Phillips with the University of Kentucky, looks at the six phases of the fermentation process.

"At harvest, good silage management practices include harvesting the crop at the proper moisture and stage of maturity, rapid filling of the storage structure, firm packing of the ensiled material and then properly sealing the structure with plastic," Amaral-Phillips writes.

Read: Important Steps During the Silage Fermentation Process

Source: Kentucky Dairy Notes, April 2013