So what is the ideal chop length?
The most important aspect of the chop length for silage clamps is the ability to sufficiently compact it in the silage clamp. This ensures the removal of oxygen allowing rapid fermentation to commence as quickly as possible. The higher the dry matter the more difficult compaction becomes and so the shorter the chop length needs to be. For these reasons, it is essential to monitor the Dry Matter content of forage entering the silage clamp and alter chop length accordingly. The Table below provides a gauge.