High silage quality is the basis for optimal forage milk yield. Our service addresses all major management factors involved in producing maize silage of superior feed quality.
The optimal harvest time is after completed starch deposition in kernels. Maize is considered to be ready for ensiling when its dry matter in kernels has reached 56-60 % and DM content of whole plants ranges between 29 and 34 %.
Compliance with these harvest time recommendations delivers:
Optimum chop length: 6-8mm. The dryer the material, the shorter the chop length.
The optimum chop length
An effective fermentation process is promoted by adhering to the fundamental principles of ensiling and can be further enhanced by applying silage additives for a range of action categories. (Silage additives)
LAB products can only be effective if they are precisely dosed. SCHAUMANN dosing systems ensure the precise application of any BONSILAGE products.
The entry of oxygen into silage causes reheating and thus losses of energy and DM. The better silage is therefore compacted, the less oxygen is able to enter from the air whenever silage is removed.
Measures for optimal compaction:
Rules of thumb:
Compaction tractor weight = Pick-up rate in t FM per hour / 4
Compaction = 8 * DM [%] + 6
The minimum weekly removal rate should be 2 m per week to avoid reheating.
How to prevent reheating: