Spring planting is coming to a close and farms are feeding 2020 silages. A recent talk given by Dr. Limin Kung Jr. of the University of Delaware focused on wild yeasts and molds and their impact on silage preservation. It’s important to keep silage quality in mind throughout all stages of silage creation, from planting to feeding.
The main avenues to lose energy in silo management are during respiration, fermentation, seepage, and aerobic instability during storage/feeding. Aerobic instability can account for 50-60% of total dry matter losses, an amount not always recognized. Different conditions in fermentation, storage, and feed out will affect forage quality.