When processing corn silage, be sure to check that the kernels are broken and cracked sufficiently.

Bill Mahanna, general manager of forage products and nutritional sciences at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, suggests the following quick test to sample silage coming out of the chopper: Scoop up silage with a "big gulp" plastic mug-a 64-fluid-ounce container purchased from convenience store-and spread the silage out on the tailgate of your pickup truck. "If you find one kernel not broken, that's OK," he says. "If you find two or more undamaged kernels, you need to check your machine setting or talk to your custom harvestor."