Dry-applied, or granular, inoculants are applied without the addition of water. Application is considered by some to be simpler; however the bacteria are not immediately effective due to a lag time needed to rehydrate them by pulling moisture out of the crop mass. This lag time slows the fermentation and can be an issue with crops that are harvested at a high dry matter (>50%) While good quality dry applied inoculants can remain viable in the applicator hopper for 48 – 72 hours, after that viability will decline due to exposure to ambient humidity and temperature.
Once you have identified the type of inoculants that best fits your operation’s needs and challenges, it is important to keep quality in mind. Some of the factors that can help determine quality include:
- Independent research to validate the specific product and strain
- Independent research to validate the recommended application rate
- Manufacturing according to strict controls and standards to ensure product viability
- Proper, clear labelling detailing safe handling and proper use.
Ask the Silage Doctor at QualitySilage.com if you have questions about which inoculant is right for you.