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Theoretical Carbohydrates Requirement for Alfalfa Silage Production1


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  1. Vol. 54 No. 4, p. 291-293
    Received: Aug 25, 1961

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  1. Lawrence H. Smith2



Approximately 0.13% carbohydrate is required for ensilage production, assuming no buffering action. Buffer systems between inorganic ions and organic acids produced by fermentation increase this requirement to 6 or 7%. The availability of these ions is reduced by wilting of the crop.

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