Inoculant can help save your hay

September 20, 2017

Grevillia Ag explains the benfits of using inoculant on hay and when is the best time to apply it.

Current seasonal conditions have highlighted the problem of showery weather and high humidity causing difficulty with hay-making due to crops being unable to dry sufficiently to be baled in these conditions.

Continued turning for drying purposes may result in loss of leaf and quality.

In many cases, hay ends up mouldy and of poor quality when eventually baled with higher-than-desired moisture. Further problems with potential fires can arise if moist hay is stacked.

Additionally, when unfavourable seasonal conditions occur, there may be times when ‘failed’ or poor crops that will not achieve high grain yields may be cut for hay.

Most of these crops of wheat, barley, triticale, grain legumes or canola contain a mix of leaf, stem and grain heads or pods, resulting in uneven drying and high moisture levels.

In this situation, when the crop is used for hay, using an inoculant such as Si-Lac Extra is the ideal answer to these high moisture conditions.

Si-Lac Extra is an Australian-developed fresh culture inoculant containing three different bacteria that create a stable temperature in the baled hay.

Si-Lac Extra aids in reducing heating and decomposition of high moisture hay by eliminating the aerobic, composting bacteria that attack high-moisture feed.

Si-Lac Extra offers these benefits:

Allows hay to be made when moisture levels are up to 25 per cent.

Aids in the reduction of mould by creating low pH levels, unsuitable for growth of moulds.

Reduces heating through lowering the pH.

Helps maintain quality by retaining leaf through less turning.

Enables earlier baling, helping with the weather risk.

Helps to make quality hay with a higher feed value through a combination of all these points.

Suitable for all crops.

Will not foul tanks and nozzles — suitable for use with 50 mesh filters.

Long tank mix life — once mixed, lasts for five to 14 days depending on temperature.

Increases in strength — up to 10 times — once mixed.

Si-Lac Extra can be used when making small square bales, large squares, or round bales.

Important application guidelines:

Always read and heed the label.

For best results, Si-Lac Extra is applied to hay as it is baled.

The inoculant mixture is sprayed from a nozzle mounted in the throat of the baler over the hay after it has been picked up, prior to compaction.

Ensure that applicators are properly calibrated to deliver the correct amount of Si-Lac Extra per bale and per tonne.

Ensure that all bales are treated. If untreated hay is baled and stacked with Si-Lac Extra treated hay, the untreated bales may heat and cause the whole haystack to catch fire.

The specially developed Air-Tech Wireless Controlled ULV Applicator available from Grevillia Ag is ideal for application of the inoculant mixture to the hay.

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