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Colony Forming Units (CFUs)

Question:

“What is a colony forming unit and how many should a forage inoculant contain?

Answer:

CFUs are determined by taking a microbial suspension, making a series of 10-fold dilutions of this suspension and spreading a small amount of each dilution on petri dishes with a nutrient agar (“jelly”). … read more

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Oxygen Scavenging

Question:

“Will oxygen scavenging antioxidants help make up for loose packing?

Answer:

Air is the worst enemy of silage production. In theory, you could add antioxidants to “mop” this up, but the amount required to achieve even distribution and scavenge all the available oxygen would be impractical. In reality, … read more

Posted in Bagging and Ensiling, Inoculant, Molds, Mycotoxins and Other Spoilage Organisms, Storage Management |

Reduced Heating and Spoilage

Question:

“Do all inoculants help reduce heating and spoilage?

Answer:

The simple answer is no. In fact, some heating is to be expected as a result of the fermentation processes that occur during ensiling. However, in the presence of oxygen, aerobic micro-organisms grow, which can cause significant heating and … read more

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Mold & Yeast Counts in Fresh Forage

Question:

“What mold and yeast counts could producers expect to find in fresh forages?

Answer:

It really all depends on local conditions, the crops, stage of maturity, stress events, damage events and the like.

Yeasts and molds are common on plants. They are saprophytes, meaning they live on and … read more

Posted in Feed Out, Inoculant, Mold, Molds, Mycotoxins and Other Spoilage Organisms, Nutrition, Storage Management, Weather/Temp |

Buchneri at Feedout

Question:

“Would Lactobacillus buchneri 40788 help improve silage stability if applied at feedout?

Answer:

No. If you are experiencing heating or spoilage at feedout, consider using a chemical preservative. Be sure to handle with care and to follow manufacturer directions, especially with regard to application rate.

Also practice good … read more

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