Kernel Processing Score Test

Why score kernel processing in silage during harvest? 

  • Broken kernels mean maximized starch absorption
  • Monitoring during harvest allows for adjustments in equipment
  • It's too late to correct processing after harvest

When should the Kernel Processing Score be calculated?

  • Before harvest, set up a station at weigh scale or safe area with access to water and electricity
  • During harvest, once per hour, sample chopped silage before it is piled/stored
  • Run the Dry Matter Test and Particle Size Test at the same time for efficiency and maximum valuable data

What equipment is needed to run the test?

Who can run the test? 

  • Anyone who can keep samples organized and do simple math on a calculator
  • Recruit and train two to three people to make sure tests are run over entire harvest

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