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Research Project: Improving Utilization of Forages in Integrated Dairy Production Systems to Enhance Sustainable Farming Systems and Food Security

Location: Cell Wall Biology and Utilization Research

Title: The use of inoculants in corn silage

item Panke-Buisse, Kevin

Submitted to: Forage Focus
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/3/2020
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Whether or not to inoculate corn silage is an important question and the factors that go into answering it will depend on region, management, economics, weather, threshold for risk, and more. It is a question that research alone can’t answer for an individual producer, but it can help shed some light on what to be looking for. Inoculation can have an effect on initial ensiling, aerobic stability, and animal performance. Each of these should be weighed when making a decision. Ultimately, when it comes to making a decision about whether or not to inoculate corn silage, be sure to consider the conditions that year, how important aerobic stability is to you, and if potential animal performance benefits might tip your cost-benefit calculations.