• WordNet 3.6
    • n silage fodder harvested while green and kept succulent by partial fermentation as in a silo
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. & v Silage Short for Ensilage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n silage Feed for cattle prepared by treatment in a silo; ensilage.
    • silage To make silage of; treat in a silo.
    • n silage The practice of ensiling has in recent times been greatly extended, with much change of method, at least in America. For the structures employed, see silo. The largest use of silage is on dairy farms, Indian corn being in the United States by far the most important material. Success in making silage lies in thoroughly excluding the air. Close packing is required and coarse material, such as Indian corn, should be cut up fine. The top of the mass is not now weighted. Slow filling is found to be better than rapid filling, since it gives time for settling and permits a temporary heating which expels all the air not consumed by the live tissues. This initial heating, formerly ascribed to fermentation, is now believed to be due to respiratory processes. See the phrases below.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Silage sī′laj the term applied to fodder which has been preserved by ensilage in a silo.
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In literature:

Where much soiling food is wanted from year to year, it would seem safe to say that it can be most cheaply supplied in the form of silage.
"Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry" by Pratt Food Co.
Plans were made for an abundance of dry fodder to be fed with the lush silage during the coming lean months.
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
When thus stored it is preserved on the principle which preserves silage.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
TREATMENT: Successful; if fed in its first stages on small quantities of roots, sweet silage or select grasses or hay.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Silage, however, should be fed sparingly, and not at all unless it is in the very best condition.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Where silage is wanted, the stubble-land can be seeded directly to wheat with good results.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
This same principle applies in lesser degree to many green fodders that are more suitable as feed for animals, as silage, green rye, rape, etc.
"Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition" by H. L. Russell
Where silage is stored in quantity, a steam boiler and engine are often employed for the heavy work of cutting up fodder.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden
But spoiled silage and silage matted with mold is dangerous and should not be fed.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The acid acts as a preservative, like the vinegar in pickles, or the acid in silage and in sauerkraut.
"Outlines of dairy bacteriology" by H. L. Russell

In news:

Dairy silage turns politicians and friends purple.
Is Your Corn Silage Processor Working.
Check silage samples several times each day to ensure they are being properly processed.
The harvesting of silage has started and according to some area farmers it is looking fairly good considering the wet spring, wet June and part of July.
That's according to a new test that determines how much of the starch in corn silage has been processed for adequate digestion.
The drought-damaged field was cut down for silage.
This allowance is for transportation of soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stove.
They found it difficult to accurately measure silage piles , Hines says.
Many silage piles are built too high to be considered safe to be near.
Farmers have been making silage piles for years, but some methods have allowed huge storage losses.
Corn silage yields were short across Pennsylvania this year, so many farmers bolstered their forage supplies by planting oats after the silage harvest, reports Paul Craig, Dauphin County Extension agent.
And if you don't do a good job of sealing plastic where it meets the ground on the silage pile, then you get air getting in under the edge.
A new test can help dairy producers determine how well their corn silage was processed.
Paul Trierweiler plans to harvest corn silage a little differently this year.
Dairy producer has heard good things about a method of harvesting whole-plant corn silage called Shredlage™, and he wants to give it a try this fall.