|Preserving every pound of ensiled forage is always important, but severe drought conditions in many parts of the country mean proper ensiling is of utmost importance this year.
According to Keith Bolsen, professor emeritus at Kansas State University, about 20 percent of the corn silage each year is lost to shrink. This loss comes at a cost of more than $1.3 billion to livestock producers.
“In a year where we are facing the possibility of significantly less forage, it becomes paramount that farmers take every precaution necessary to reduce silage dry matter losses,” says Bolsen.
Bolsen suggests that producers consider the following four steps:
In addition to these four steps, it can also be helpful to host a team meeting prior to harvest. “Team meetings provide the opportunity for discussion of each party’s role in the harvest and ensiling process. They also help to ensure a safe and efficient silage program,” says Bolsen.
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