• Oct26Mon

    Taking Good Silage Samples

    October 26, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Crop Management, Silage
    Harvest timing:
    • It is best to chop when whole plant moisture is between 60 and 70%
    • Ensure you are harvesting each variety separately
    • Weigh each hybrid immediately after it’s been harvested

    Ensure you take a relative sample:
    • Scoop one handful from four random areas in the plot sample
    • Place samples in a large Ziploc freezer bag and be sure to remove as much air as possible
    • Scoop rather than ‘grab’ samples to avoid losing kernels or cob pieces. Four handfuls are approximately 1.5lbs and sampling more than this is unnecessary

    Label all samples:
    • Be sure to label all samples with proper variety name and trial name
    • A sharpie on a Ziploc bags works perfectly
    • Labelling keeps everything organized and neat both for you, and for the lab

    Freeze the samples:
    • Freeze and flatten samples as soon as possible
    • Work to remove all the air from samples and flatten them as well as possible
    • Tightly packed samples keep better and are easier to ship
    • Freeze for 48 hours before shipping to ensure samples stay frozen

    • Place flattened samples in an insulated container for shipping
    • Adding newspaper into empty space helps to keep this cold longer
    • Ice packs can also help, but are not necessary
    • Ship early in the week to avoid delays and spoilage