Earlage is obtained by harvesting corn (grain, cob, husk) and chopping to produce a material that contains greater starch and grain concentrations than traditional corn silage.  In some cases earlage is produced by attaching a snapper header to the forage harvester, while in other cases, an all crop header may be used to harvest the upper one-third of the corn plant.  In that case, the earlage would also contain some stalk and leaf material.  Earlage is stored much like silage.  It is harvested at moisture levels greater than 35% and stored anaerobically like silage so the material ferments.  Earlage is a useful feedstuff for ruminant livestock such as beef and dairy cattle.

Earlage

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Description: Earlage is obtained by harvesting corn (grain, cob, husk) and chopping to produce a material that contains greater starch and grain concentrations than traditional corn silage. In some cases earlage is produced by attaching a snapper header to the forage harvester, while in other cases, an all crop header may be used to harvest the upper one-third of the corn plant. In that case, the earlage would also contain some stalk and leaf material. Earlage is stored much like silage. It is harvested at moisture levels greater than 35% and stored anaerobically like silage so the material ferments. Earlage is a useful feedstuff for ruminant livestock such as beef and dairy cattle.

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