silage Articles

  • How to produce good quality silage

    We all know the benefits of good silage. But are we really all doing everything we can to produce good quality silage? If you want to help protect your farm business against ups and downs in milk or meat prices, or feed costs, there’s a straightforward approach: maximise the amount of milk or meat produced from home-grown forage. It is arguably one of a livestock farm’s biggest ...


    By Ecosyl Products Limited

  • How to ensure optimal application of your silage inoculant?

    Are you sure your silage inoculant is well applied? Silage inoculants contain specifically selected live bacteria that are diluted and applied in small quantity at harvest. Their very nature could represent a limit to their use: in traditional formulations, the bacteria, once mixed with water, tend to sediment to the bottom of the tank after only a few hours. Lab experiments have shown ...


    By Lallemand Animal Nutrition

  • How to ensure optimal application of your silage inoculant?

    Are you sure your silage inoculant is well applied? Silage inoculants contain specifically selected live bacteria that are diluted and applied in small quantity at harvest. Their very nature could represent a limit to their use: in traditional formulations, the bacteria, once mixed with water, tend to sediment to the bottom of the tank after only a few hours. Lab experiments have shown ...


    By Lallemand Animal Nutrition

  • The risks of spreading slurry after first silage cut

    Livestock farmers spreading slurry onto fields after first-cut grass silage face heightened risks of contamination after this year’s early start to the season, a silage specialist is warning, especially if following the current trend to more frequent silage cutting.The risks of spreading slurry after first silage cut According to Ecosyl silage expert, Darran Ward, spreading slurry after ...


    By Volac International Limited

  • Zone tillage depth affects yield and economics of corn silage production

    Increasing numbers of dairies in northeastern United States are classified as confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Many dairy farmers in New York (NY) abandoned conventional and adopted zone tillage (ZT) in 4-yr corn (Zea mays L.) silage-alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) rotations on highly erodible land to comply with NY CAFO plans. Farmers now question optimum ZT depth because of increased ...

  • Zone tillage depth affects yield and economics of corn silage production

    Increasing numbers of dairies in northeastern United States are classified as confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Many dairy farmers in New York (NY) abandoned conventional and adopted zone tillage (ZT) in 4-yr corn (Zea mays L.) silage-alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) rotations on highly erodible land to comply with NY CAFO plans. Farmers now question optimum ZT depth because of increased ...

  • Dairy manure compost effects on corn silage production and soil properties

    Accumulation of dairy manure compost has created a need to identify alternative uses for this plant nutrient source. This field study determined compost effects on corn (Zea mays L.) silage production, nutritive value, and soil characteristics for three growing seasons following incorporation of dairy manure compost at 0, 35, 70, and 105 Mg dry matter (DM) ha–1. Yields from subplots receiving ...

  • A UASB bioreactor using silage as a carbon source to reduce sulfate

    Low cost-treatment for sulfate removal is required in many areas where potable water is scarce. The biggest challenge in biological treatment is finding an abundant low or no-cost carbon source. This work demonstrated for the first time that leachate from the agricultural byproduct silage can be used in an upflow anaerobic sludge-bed bioreactor to reduce sulfate for on-farm water treatment. The ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Dairy manure compost quality effects on corn silage and soil properties

    Soil nutrients in dairy manure composts vary depending on the original manure or other additives, with consequent effects on crop production. An experiment addressing the effects of single applications of dairy compost of high quality (HQC) or low quality (LQC) at the incorporation rates of 0, 45, and 90 Mg ha-1 on corn (Zea mays L.) silage yields, forage quality, and soil nutrients was conducted ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Integrating winter annual forages into a no-till corn silage system

    The benefits of cover crops within crop rotations are well documented, but information is limited on using cover crops for forage within midwestern United States cropping systems, especially under no-tillage management. Our objective was to evaluate plant, animal, and soil responses when integrating winter cover crop forages into no-till corn (Zea mays L.) silage production. Three cover crop ...

  • Short-term effects of PL application on silage maize yield and soil chemical properties

    If properly managed, poultry litter (PL) might be a good alternative to conventional fertilizers. This paper reports on a three-year field study to compare the effects of two consecutive PL and traditional mineral fertilizer applications on silage maize (Zea mays) production and soil chemical properties. The experiment was undertaken on volcanic soil in the Central-South Region of Chile. The PL ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Cover crop and liquid manure effects on soil quality indicators in a corn silage system

    Due to a lack of surface residue and organic matter inputs, continuous corn (Zea mays L.) silage production is one of the most demanding cropping systems imposed on our soil resources. In this study, our objective was to determine if using cover/companion crops and/or applying low-solids liquid dairy manure could improve physical, chemical, and biological soil properties and overall soil quality. ...

  • Effect of nitrogen application on yield and quality of silage corn after forage legume-grass

    Decomposition of forage legume-grass (FLG) sods after turnover will supply N to the next corn (Zea mays L.) crop. For optimum economic grain production typically a starter N application is sufficient. However, the impact of eliminating sidedress N on yield and quality of silage corn in the year after sod turnover (FYC) is not well documented and little is known about the effects of timing of sod ...

  • Short-term effects of poultry litter application on silage maize yield and soil chemical properties

    If properly managed, poultry litter (PL) might be a good alternative to conventional fertilizers. This paper reports on a three-year field study to compare the effects of two consecutive PL and traditional mineral fertilizer applications on silage maize (Zea mays) production and soil chemical properties. The experiment was undertaken on volcanic soil in the Central-South Region of Chile. The PL ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Impact of defoliation on corn forage quality

    Hail damage can be a serious problem on corn (Zea mays L.) grown for silage. The value of corn grown for silage is a function of both the yield and quality of the forage produced. An improved understanding of the effects of defoliation on forage quality would improve the ability of agronomists, farmers, and crop insurance adjusters to assess the economic impact of hail damage to corn harvested ...

  • Heat for several houses in Münster, Germany

    Location Münster/Germany Capacity 370 kWel In operation since 12/2007 Input materials Cattle liquid manure, maize silage Features Biogas plant operators are using exhaust heat to heat several residential houses. Biogas plant operators are using exhaust heat to heat several ...


    By EnviTec Biogas AG

  • 8 million kWh of green electricity generated for the Italian grid

    Location Volta Mantovana/Italy Capacity 999 kWel In operation since 07/2009 Input materials Cattle liquid manure, solid manure, maize and whole-plant silage Features Thanks to innovative technologies like EnviTec Feedcontrol, the Italian plant has a capacity of approximately 99 percent. ...


    By EnviTec Biogas AG

  • Bio®Chop: Poultry Waste chopped, pumped and mixed

    Landia has launched an innovative new silage tank with an integral chopper pump, for the fast and efficient maceration and processing of poultry byproducts and waste. Designed in acid-proof stainless steel, Landia’s highly effective chopper pump has a shredder propeller and extended knife system, which can handle guts, heads and even whole chicken - without the downtime of breakdowns or delays ...


    By Landia

  • Putative Seedling Ferulate Ester (sfe) maize mutant: morphology, biomass yield, and stover cell wall composition and rumen degradability

    Ferulate cross-linking of lignin to arabinoxylan contributes to poor cell wall degradability of grass forages. We hypothesized that reduced ferulate ester deposition will result in formation of fewer ferulate cross links and improved degradability. Objectives were to determine if the putative seedling ferulate ester (sfe) maize (Zea mays L.) mutant, selected for reduced ferulate esters in ...

  • Nitrate leaching in two irrigated soils with different rates of cattle manure

    Received for publication December 15, 2008. Manure applied to irrigated land may potentially contaminate groundwater with NO3–N. An 8-yr field experiment was conducted in southern Alberta, Canada, to determine the effects of different rates of manure on NO3–N accumulation in two irrigated soil types and NO3–N leaching to shallow groundwater. An annual cereal silage was grown at each site and ...

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