- Plan your harvest early.
As the season begins, start pulling together resources and a general plan of when fields will be ready based on weather conditions, GDUs and hybrid types.
- Review moisture levels.
Start checking moisture levels in late June through July. We recommend harvesting at 35% dry matter to preserve the silage quality you worked hard to protect all season. Harvesting when silage is too wet will cause loss of crucial nutrients. Harvest when corn is too dry and you will lose leaves and leading to poor packing and compromise the fermentation process.
- Set chop length.
Silage processing equipment should be set to the theoretical length of cut of 1 to 1.5” for BMR hybrids. Drier materials need to be cut shorter to ease packing.
- Pack for efficient fermentation.
No matter your storage structure, packing corn silage effectively leads to preserved nutrients and the perfect environment for fermentation. Silage that is densely packs will have reduced dry matter loss and be overall higher-quality.
Consult your nutritionist and agronomist to make your silage harvest a success.