Silage Production Checklist

Preparation
[  ] Fields
[  ] Timing of use of fertilizers
[  ] Equipment
[  ] Silos

Corn and Variety Selection
[  ] Suitable to local conditions
[  ] Matches overall objectives

Harvest Timing
[  ] Optimum stage of growth
[  ] Optimum plant moisture level

Cutting and Chopping
[  ] Cutting height
[  ] Optimum TLC
[  ] Processing (corn silage <30% DM)

Inoculant
[  ] Proven to deliver desired results
[  ] Fermentation enhancement/aerobic stability
[  ] Applicator calibration

Filling and Packing
[  ] Quick fill
[  ] Maximum 6” layers
[  ] Progressive wedge (bunkers and piles)
[  ] Run: rise 4:1 (drive over piles)
[  ] Packing weight adequate for forage delivery rate
[  ] Packing time adequate
[  ] Packing density at least 15 lb DM/ft3
[  ] Seal silo quickly and effectively

Feedout
[  ] Rate adequate to prevent heating
[  ] Discard spoiled silage
[  ] Balance ration properly based on silage quality