There are many types of microbes that naturally occur on forage crops in the field. Their populations vary with the weather during the growing season, crop management practices and the plant’s stage of maturity.
Is the bunker or silo ready? It’s never too early to start preparing for corn silage harvest. Corn moisture, particle size, packing density … don’t miss this refresher of harvest considerations from Penn State.
Uniform distribution of inoculants is a critical factor in their effectiveness. The bacteria in inoculants grow where they land on the forage, so it’s important to apply the product evenly across the crop.
Some heating is to be expected as a result of fermentation processes that occur during ensiling. However, if too much oxygen remains, aerobic microorganisms grow, which can cause heating and DM and nutrients losses.
Silage harvest needs to be fast, but not so fast that you don’t take a few minutes to check kernel processor accuracy. Dr. Brian Luck has created an in-field kernel assessment that’s as easy as taking a picture.
Worried the first-cut alfalfa tonnage just won’t be enough? There are times when planting corn for silage right after the first cut is harvested can save the day. Learn if it’s the right option for you.