Inoculants should be stored in a cool, dry area after mixing with non-chlorinated water and used within 24 hours to maintain the viability of the bacteria. To ensure uniform distribution, liquid inoculants should be used and applied at the chopper according to label directions. The most effective products have at least 100,000 cfu/g or 90 billion live bacteria per ton.
Adesogan advises asking the following questions when selecting a silage additive:
- Is my goal reducing shrinkage, heating, or both? To reduce shrinkage, use a homolactic inoculant. To increase bunk life, use an L. buchneri (heterofermentive) inoculant or a propionic acid additive.
- Have independent research trials demonstrated the efficacy of the product at reducing DM losses or increasing bunk life or animal performance?
- Does the product provide at least a two-to-one economic return?