For more information about silage additives please contact Graham Ragg, Arable and Fertiliser Sales Manager, on 01840 213620,
07798 583667 or Rob Connell, Seeds Product Manager, on 01769 576232 or email email@example.com.
Acid and Inoculant All in One
For maize and whole crop cereals
DoubleAction Ecocorn combines the fermentation and animal performance benefits of MTD/1 inoculant with reduced aerobic spoilage from potassium sorbate, a safe, non-corrosive food and feed-approved acid salt preservative - all in one easy-use pack.
Trials by the MGA and Kingshay have shown repeatedly that chemicals are more robust than inoculants for preventing aerobic spoilage. In the 2002 MGA trial DoubleAction Ecocorn (MTD/1+potassium sorbate) was the only product tested to reduce the daily loss in income due to heating and spoilage.
MTD/1 is the unique high performance strain of Lactobacillus plantarum proven over a wide range of crops and ensiling conditions to improve fermentation and animal performance.
Double Action Technology
Maize and wholecrop silages are very prone to aerobic spoilage, especially at feedout, resulting in high DM losses and significantly reducing their potential intake and production advantages.
Chemical additives have been shown to be the most effective means of preventing aerobic spoilage. They act by killing or inhabiting microorganisms so they cannot normally be combined with inoculant bacteria or there would be problems with bacterial stability during storage and in liquid tank mixes.
Development of unique formulation techniques has enabled MTD/1 bacteria and potassium sorbate to be combined in DoubleAction Ecocorn as a single product.
Trials have proven that mixing MTD/1 bacteria with sorbate does not result in any reduction in the performance of the inoculant with no difference in the amount of lactic acid produced or pH achieved.
- 1 can/bag treats 50 tonnes
- Cans - dilute 1 can to 100 litres of water and apply at 2 litres per tonne. Use tank mix within 48 hours
- Bags - apply at 400grams per tonne. Open bags should be used within 3 days
- Unopened cans/bags can be stored for 30 months in a cool, dry place
- Safe and easy to use
- Chop to 1cm for easier compaction unless feeding a high level of maize, when it should increase to 1.5 to 2cm.
- Fill the clamp rapidly, max 2 days - sheet overnight.
- Fill evenly and in thin layers (max 15cm)
- Roll continuously with extra attention to the shoulders, using single wheeled machinery to maximise pressure.
- Make sure rolling is keeping up with the loads.
- Roll for a max 30mins in the evening. Put the first load on top the next morning before rolling begins.
- Cover with two 500 gauge sheets with plenty of overlap between the side and top sheets, and weight well with touching tyres or bales. Alternatively, replace the outer sheet with a heavy woven cover weighted with sandbags. Another option is to use ’Clingfilm’ for the inner sheet.
- Wait 3 weeks before opening if you can to allow the fermentation to stabilise, the grains to soften and the clamp to settle fully- you can open sooner but aerobic losses can be higher-ask for advice.
- Use a block cutter or shear grab to keep the face tight. If using a bucket, scrape down, not up.
- Move the face back quickly; at least 15cm per day in winter, 30cm in summer-take half bites if necessary.
- Cut or roll the sheet back as you go and weight the front edge. Never leave it hanging down over the face-this creates a greenhouse effect behind it, encouraging mould growth. If birds are a problem, net the face.
- Tidy up fallen silage to prevent it going mouldy and spores blowing up onto the face.