My Silage Smells

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Properly fermented silage should not have a strong smell because lactic acid – the main organic acid from silage fermentation – is nearly odorless, according to Progressive Forage magazine.

The diagram below with different aroma profiles goes along with an informative article at

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Different Odors of Silage

Different Smells Indicate Different Silage Issues

Here is a pdf version of the article in Progressive Forage, Issue 11, December 2018, page 33.


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Photo of Mark Blevins, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMark BlevinsCounty Extension Director, Brunswick & Interim County Extension Dir, New Hanover (910) 253-2610 (Office) mark_blevins@ncsu.eduBrunswick County, North Carolina
Updated on Dec 15, 2017
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