Nutrition: Concentrate Feeds
Harvest corn silage at the right moisture level to ensure optimal fermentation. The ideal moisture level is between 60-70% for whole plant corn and 35-40% for chopped corn. Harvesting too early or too late can result in poor quality silage.
Cutting at the right height can impact the yield and quality of corn silage. For best results, cut the corn plants at 6-8 inches above the ground. Cutting too low can lead to contamination from soil and cutting too high can result in lower yield and quality. Talking about chop size, a small chop length reduces the air infiltration, but a larger chop length increases the amount of effective fiber in the diet. Current standards recommend harvesting maize at a theoretical length of cut of 1/2 to 3/4 inch, which also increases dry matter intake.
Proper compressing & packing is essential to prevent air from entering the silage and affecting the fermentation process. Use a tractor or other packing equipment to pack the silage tightly, ensuring that there are no air pockets.
Bacterial inoculants can improve the fermentation process and increase the quality of corn silage. Choose an inoculant that contains the specific bacteria strains that are need for corn silage.
To prevent air from entering, pack the silage tightly and cover it with airtight plastic. Store the silage in a cool, dry place, such as a basement or barn, and away from direct sunlight. This will help to preserve the quality of the silage and prevent it from spoiling. Check the silage regularly to ensure that there are no signs of spoilage.
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