The objective when collecting a silage sample for laboratory analysis is to safely obtain a representative sample of all silage that will be fed. Check out the eight steps to collecting a quality sample.
It’s no secret the 2019 corn silage season was challenging. Understanding the conditions during the growing season can help producers manage expectations for the resulting feed and properly balance rations.
If your forage crop is at risk for elevated nitrate levels, it is recommended that you send a sample to a commercial lab for analysis. Read more about the common risk factors and adjustments to make if there is an issue.
Enzymes in silage inoculants help generate sugars for the inoculant bacteria to use for growth and fermentation. They provide fuel for the “good” bacteria, which drives a fast, effective forage fermentation