Effect of commercial inoculants on the fermentation of alfalfa, corn, forage sorghum, and triticale silages

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dc.contributor.author Bolsen, K.
dc.contributor.author Ilg, H.
dc.contributor.author Laytimi, A.
dc.contributor.author Hart, R.
dc.contributor.author Chain, V.
dc.contributor.author Nuzback, L.
dc.contributor.author Fung, Daniel Y. C.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-03T21:24:54Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-03T21:24:54Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/6783
dc.description.abstract Fourteen commercial inoculants were evaluated in seven trials using alfalfa, corn, forage sorghum, and triticale silages. Microbial profiles of the inoculants and of the crops differed widely. Viable lactic acid bacteria (LAB) supplied per gram of fresh crop by the inoculants ranged from less than 103 to over 103. Only the alfalfas had 10 or fewer LAB per gram of crop when the forages were treated and as a result, fermentation responses were excellent for those inoculants that supplied 10 or more LAB per gram of treated crop. Corn and triticale underwent a very rapid fermentation rate with very little response to the inoculants. The forage sorghums did not ensile as rapidly as the corn because of their cooler initial temperatures, and most inoculants had little or no effect on the fermentation characteristics. The results of these experiments indicate that if a crop has a high number of LAB, adding more in the form of an inoculant is unlikely to improve the silage fermentation. If a crop has a low number of LAB, it probably will respond to an inoculant, provided the inoculant supplies a large number of viable bacteria. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Cattlemen’s Day, 1987 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 87-309-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 514 en_US
dc.subject Beef en_US
dc.subject Inoculant en_US
dc.subject Alfalfa en_US
dc.subject Corn en_US
dc.subject Forage en_US
dc.subject Sorghum en_US
dc.subject Triticale en_US
dc.subject Silage en_US
dc.title Effect of commercial inoculants on the fermentation of alfalfa, corn, forage sorghum, and triticale silages en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 1987 en_US
dc.citation.epage 120 en_US
dc.citation.spage 107 en_US
dc.description.conference Cattlemen's Day, 1987, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March, 1987 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid dfung en_US


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