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  1. Vol. 57 No. 5, p. 425-427
    Received: Nov 24, 1964

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Losses During Storage and Digestibility of Different Crops as Silage1

  1. Milton A. Sprague and
  2. Luigi Leparulo2



Total dry matter losses were lowest from late-harvested corn and highest from alfalfa, oats, and barley cut early. Protein losses were large from alfalfa, bromegrass, oats, barley, and sorghum and least from corn. The moisture contents of all silages were greater than the forages from which they were made. The digestibilities of all constituents in barley were superior to those in oats, bromegrass, and orchardgrass and in fiber to all other silages. Corn silage was superior in digestibility of ether extract and NFE. Alfalfa was superior in digestibility of protein but very low in digestibility of fiber.

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