Fermentation process in whole-crop field bean silage without and with application of ensilage additives

Abel, H.; Geissler, A.; Luecke, W.

Wirtschaftseigene Futter 42(2): 115-124


Accession: 002841154

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Effects of harvesting time and ensilage additives were tested for the fermentation process in whole-crop field bean silage. In spite of the low content of soluble carbohydrates field beans with 25 to 45% DM turned out to be suitable for whole-crop ensilage. The ideal experimental conditions in this investigations didn't allow to show clear effects of microbial inoculants or of organic acids as silage additives on the finally produced silage quality. On the other hand these additives influenced the fermentation process during the initial period of ensilage. Under field conditions the inoculation of the plant material with Lactobacteria can help to initiate a lactic acid fermentation whereas the application of organic acids would suppress the development of destructive microbes at the beginning of the fermentation process.