Location: Dairy Forage ResearchTitle: Packing Bunker and Pile Silos to Minimize Porosity Author
Submitted to: Electronic Publication
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/16/2008
Publication Date: 5/16/2008
Publication URL: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/crops/uwforage/Porosity-FOF.pdf
Citation: Holmes, B.J., Muck, R.E. 2008. Packing Bunker and Pile Silos to Minimize Porosity. Focus on Forage. 10(1): 1-2. Available: www.uwex.edu/ces/crops/uwforage/Porosity-FOF.pdf Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: This article discusses the issue of porosity (i.e., the portion of volume filled with gas) in silages. As porosity increases, the silage is subject to greater losses. Porosity can be reduced by adequately packing the crop at ensiling. To keep porosity below 40% a minimum bulk density of 44 lbs./cu. ft. is needed.