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Earlage is stored in a plastic silage bag.  The bagging machine is powered by the power take off (PTO) of the tractor.  Trucks carrying earlage from the field to the storage site deposit the chopped material into the bagging machine which stuffs the material into the silage bag.  Silage bags provide an anaerobic environment for fermentation to occur.  The viewer will notice that there is snow on the ground in this picture.  This particular operation was salvaging corn which did not mature during a very cool growing season.  Ideally, earlage would be harvested earlier in the season when moisture conditions in the plant and plant maturity are better for facilitating fermentation.

Storing earlage in a plastic silage bag

Credit: Gregory Lardy

Digital Credit: Gregory Lardy

Publisher: North Dakota State University

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Description: Earlage is stored in a plastic silage bag. The bagging machine is powered by the power take off (PTO) of the tractor. Trucks carrying earlage from the field to the storage site deposit the chopped material into the bagging machine which stuffs the material into the silage bag. Silage bags provide an anaerobic environment for fermentation to occur. The viewer will notice that there is snow on the ground in this picture. This particular operation was salvaging corn which did not mature during a very cool growing season. Ideally, earlage would be harvested earlier in the season when moisture conditions in the plant and plant maturity are better for facilitating fermentation.

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