It pays to lock in your nutrients with Pioneer® brand inoculants. Recent research work in New Zealand showed that not all inoculants are the same. In fact, some commercial inoculants failed to show any difference from the untreated. Pioneer® inoculant 1174 was shown to be a very effective inoculant.

Results from 6 trials indicate a greater rate of pH decline (P<0.01) from day 1 to 60 with Pioneer® inoculant 1174 compared with untreated silage.

Other inoculant brands did not affect pH during fermentation when compared with untreated silage.

Silage quality after 60 days of fermentation indicate increased (P<0.01) lactic acid, a reduced acetic acid concentration and improved lactic to acetic acid ratio in silage treated with Pioneer® inoculant 1174. Other inoculant brands did not differ from the untreated control.

Ammonia nitrogen (NH3-N), which indicates proteolysis which leads to lower feed value for the silage was lowest (P<0.01) in silage treated with Pioneer® inoculant 1174. Kleinmans J.J., Dewar W. R., Erasmus H. J. H., Densley R. J. 2011. Using silage inoculants to improve the quality of pasture and maize silage in New Zealand. Proceedings of the New Zealand Grasslands Association 73. 75-80.

Locking the nutrients in.

Harvest at the correct time

• Aim to conserve quality pasture and forage crops at the correct stage of maturity.

• Aim to achieve target dry matters.  (See chart below)

Use Pioneer® brand inoculant

• Pioneer has a world-class inoculant research program.

• Pioneer has patented proprietary inoculants.

• Pioneer has crop specific inoculants  for improved performance.

Compaction

• For stacked silage, spread into 100-150 mm layers and compact until the surface is firm.

Sealing

• Cover stack with a quality plastic cover and weigh it down with tyres that are touching.

• Seal the edges.

• Use the recommended number of wraps  for baled silage.

Storage

• Handle bales carefully to avoid puncturing the wrap.

• Mend holes that develop in the silage cover or bale wrap immediately.

 

when to harvest crops for silage

Recommended dry matter content for various crops for ensiling.

 

 Crop

Wilted

Target DM content at harvest

  

Bunker Silage

Baled Silage

Lucerne

Legume-dominate pasture

Cereal-legume mix 

Yes

35-40%

40-50%

Grasses

Wilted forages (eg forage sorghum)

Cereals (boot stage)

Yes

30-38%

35-40%

Whole crop cereal (dough stage)

No

28-35%

30-40%

Grain bearing sorghum (dough stage)

No

28-35%

N/A

Corn

No

32-40%

N/A

 

Pioneer has the inoculant options

 

 Crop

Multicrop

Pasture/Cereal

 Inoculant

 1174

11G22

1127

Fully researched and proven

Improved dry-matter recovery

Improved fermentation

Aerobic stability