The Effect of Different Tillage Methods on Silage Quality in Secondary Crop Maize

YILMAZ BAYHAN1, ERKAN GONULOL1, BIROL KAYISOGLU1, HARUN YALCIN2 and FUSUN KOC3
1 Trakya University, Tekirdag Agricultural Faculty, Department of Agricultural Machinery, Tekirdag/Turkey
2 Ege University, Agricultural Faculty, Department of Farm Machinery, 35150, Bornova, Izmir/Turkey
3 Trakya University, Tekirdag Agricultural Faculty, Department of Animal Science, 59030, Tekirdag/Turkey

Abstract

BAYHAN, YILMAZ, ERKAN GONULOL, BIROL KAYISOGLU, HARUN YALCIN and FUSUN KOC, 2004. The effect of different tillage methods on silage quality in secondary crop maize. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 10: 47-51

The effect of different tillage methods on silage quality in second crop maize for silage was determined in this study. For this purpose, second crop maize was planted using six tillage and drilling methods.
After harvesting, plant samples were filled into PVC silos (with three replications for each treatment) for fermentation and kept in these silos for 75 days.
Although significant statistical differences were found among treatments (tillage methods and drilling methods) in pH, DM (dry matter), CA (crude ash), CF (crude fibber), WSC (water soluble carbohydrate), NH3-N3 and LAB (lactic acid bacteria), quality parameters in all treatments remained between the accepted levels.

Key words: silage quality, tillage methods, second crop, dry matter, crude fibber