Silage Dry Matter Content

Applies to: Silage Storage I; Silage Storage II

Description:

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.

Question:

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

Rating:

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. http://www.farmwest.com/node/980

DEFRA, Silage effluent. http://adlib.everysite.co.uk/adlib/defra/content.aspx?id=000IL3890W.19NA0KMVO1Y2X5

Rector, N, Stroud, D. 2010. Environmental stewardship: Controlling Silage Leachate. http://forage.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Bulletin-E3099-ControllingSilageLeachate-RectorStroud-20101.pdf