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    2000 corn silage was frosted. 2001 corn silage was drought stressed and @ 60% moisture before kernel reached 1/3-1/2 milk line- poor fermentation in the bunkers. 2002 cornsilage presently green and 70% moisture- dropping .5 moisture points/ day.Kernels are still soft though denting. At this rate, the plant moisture ( including grain) will be 65% on Sept. 15-17. Should I chop if the kernels aren't ready or do I let it go below 65% moisture and wait for proper kernel maturity. BTW- no processor on harvester. TIA

    Corn is in the ideal stage for fermentation when moisture is 60-70%. Penn state predicted moisture levels will dropped 0.65 percent units per day in average conditions, however, the recent rainfall may affect this. I recommend pulling the trigger at 60% moisture, unless the milk line approaches 1/3 sooner than this.

    However, if fermentation losses were high last year (60% moisture), this is a concern. Finer chop will improve fermentation of corn silage when ensiled dry. Consider providing effective fiber from other sources, such as dry hay, if you feel the eNDF is compromised.



      Thanks for sharing the information...


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