Take 4 Steps at Harvest for Quality Silage

Aug 25, 2020


Chopping Corn

Set Your Silage Up For Success.

Many moving parts need to be in place to get the best quality silage at harvest. With harvest quickly approaching, consider these four tips to help inform your silage harvest strategy. 

1. Prep Your Equipment

Don’t wait until the last minute to get your equipment ready for harvest. Ensure you have equipment adjusted correctly depending on the cut length you’re aiming for.

2. Stay on Top of Moisture Checks

Harvesting the crop at the proper moisture based on your storage preferences is a key factor in determining forage quality. You should keep track of tassel dates and plan to walk fields to check kernel milk line progression 30 to 40 days post-tassel. While kernel milk line is a good reference for chopping date, it’s best to use whole plant moisture for a more accurate indicator. 

Technology tools, including the R7® Field Monitoring Tool, can help you identify when fields may be suitable to begin moisture checks. Sample silage and use a microwave or moisture tester to determine moisture content ahead of harvest. The ideal plant moisture for harvesting silage is between 65% and 72%. Moisture percentage may vary by field, so be sure to select multiple areas for moisture testing. Contact a member of our team for help gauging moisture levels in your fields. Check out Winfield United's article: Tap Into Tech for Silage Harvest

3. Make Timely Cuts

When you’ve determined that moisture is appropriate for chopping silage, don’t delay getting into the field. Harvesting silage that’s too dry can decrease its digestibility. Having a plan for harvesting and storing silage — and quickly executing on that plan — can help preserve the quality and nutritional value of the forage.

4. Fine-Tune Bunker Management

Proper silage storage is critical to maintaining the quality and nutritional value of your crop. Make sure to pack silage tightly to reduce yeast and mold growth and cover it quickly with high-quality plastic to keep oxygen out. Also, consider adding additives or preservatives that can help maintain silage quality. Our agronomy team can help you choose the right products based on your needs.

We know silage harvest time can be hectic. Our team is here to help you get the highest-quality forage, use the form below to contact an agronomist for recommendations.

Ken Jahnke

Division Sales Manager
 

 

Latest Posts

Mar 01, 2024
The biologicals market is growing rapidly in both size and number of products available, making it increasingly hard to know what works, which products are worth the investment, and how to place for best results. To help our customers navigate this new world, our Premier Agronomy team will be using the WinField® United BioVerified™ designation to help simplify biological recommendations.
Mar 01, 2024
Westby Ace Hardware is your local,  friendly hardware store. As proud members of the Premier Cooperative family, our team of 13 dedicated employees is here to assist you with a warm smile and a wealth of knowledge. Whether you’re looking to fill your grill propane tank, select the perfect paint color for your kitchen, or fix a leaky pipe, we’ve got you covered.
Mar 01, 2024
Happy Spring from your team at Mt. Horeb Lumber Do It Best. Before you know it, the grass will be green and building season will be here. At Mt. Horeb Lumber Do It Best, we’ve been getting ready to serve our customers’ building needs. We have three new team members to introduce this spring.  The team will continue to offer kitchen design, drafting, doors, windows, decking and building materials. Stop in and say hello when you’re in Mount Horeb!

Related Posts