When it comes to best practices for bunk management, the effort and attention put into proper packing cannot be overstated.
1. Start clean.
2. Minimize oxygen exposure. Once the crop is ready to harvest you need to move quickly from chopping to packing to limit exposure to oxygen which aids in the fermentation process.
3. Silage pile density is key.
4. Cover quickly. Covering and sealing as fast as possible produces better quality silage.
One of the most important decisions in corn silage production is optimal harvest timing. This means finding the best balance between maximum kernel maturity and overall plant health to maintain fiber digestibility and moisture for packing and fermentation of the silage. Typically, this will be achieved at ¾ milk line in healthy plants and ½ milk line for unhealthy ones. Regardless, it involves getting into the field to assess both.
1. R3 Milk Stage: Crop is green and actively growing.
2. R5 Dent Stage. Crop is still green but does not show signs of active growth.
3. ½ Milk Line. Visually the crop has entered dry down, plant moisture is decreasing, and grain fill has slowed down.
4. ¾ Milk Line Stage: Crop is almost at full maturity
Have questions on this or other corn related topics? Contact your local Pioneer Sales Representative.