Silage Dry Matter Content

Applies to: Silage Storage I; Silage Storage II


This indicator refers to the prevention of negative impacts of silage effluent on nearby waters. Effluent from silage harvested at excessive moisture content represents a loss of valuable nutrients and poses an environmental risk because the effluent is very rich in soluble nutrients. The indicator considers characteristics i.e. dry matter content of silage.


What is the share of dry matter (DM) of the silage stored?


DM above 30% of fresh matter

DM between 25% and 30% of fresh matter

DM below 25% of fresh matter

Sources of information:

Advanced Silage Corn Management: A Production guide for coastal British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. Pacific Field Corn Association.

DEFRA, Silage effluent.

Rector, N, Stroud, D. 2010. Environmental stewardship: Controlling Silage Leachate.