An inoculant for use on maize silage, which claims to allow the forage to be fed just seven days after harvest, has been launched by Pioneer, via Corteva Agriscience, in time for the 2019 harvest.
The product, Pioneer Brand 11C33 Rapid React, contains an additional patented strain of next-generation Lactobacillus buchneri.
This speeds up the establishment of aerobic stability and this means that treated silage can be ready for feeding just one week after ensiling.
“Many producers run out of maize silage before the next crop is harvested and are keen to re-introduce it to maintain a consistent ration,” says the company’s Andy Stainthorpe.
“The inoculant significantly enhances the ‘front end’ of maize fermentation, working as the previous 11C33 formulation did.
But the inclusion of Lactobacillus buchneri means that this product makes a faster impact on the ‘back end’ of fermentation.
“This leads to more rapid generation of the compounds that inhibit the growth or yeasts and moulds, and this makes sure that the maize silage is aerobically stable much sooner.”
The product also reduces dry matter losses during feed out and the silage remains cool for much longer when exposed to air.