Posted by LonM on February 11, 2013 at 17:41:35 from (220.127.116.11):
In Reply to: Re: corn silage posted by ohiojeff on February 11, 2013 at 13:40:34:
These few tips I learned in college about making good silage: 1) Cut it short (3/8-1/2" pieces) so it will pack easier. 2) Chop in a timely manner and pack it well. 3) Cut at the right moisture level (55-60% for a Harvestore, 60-65% for an upright stave silo, and 65-68% for a pile, bag, or bunker). 4) Seal it up with thick plastic sheeting right after chopping to minimize exposure to air. An uncovered silage pile will cost you 30% of your feed! 5) Limit oxygen exposure as much as possible when feeding it out. Keep the exposed face smooth and as small as possible, and take at least 6 inches off the face whenever you feed. Generally a narrow, long pile is better than a wide, short pile for limiting spoilage during feedout. 6) Consider using an inoculant to promote desirable fermentation and better feed stability through the storage period. Inoculants really shine in instances where you are storing silage in warm (>50 degree) weather.
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