Forage Inoculants

Inoculants are viable cultures of lactic acid bacteria that, when used properly, stimulate the fermentation of forages to help dairy farmers make higher quality silage to feed their cows. We proudly manufacture forage inoculants in our Specialty Blending Facility, a state-of-the-art site built in 2016. Manufacturing our own inoculants allows us to quickly bring innovation to our Promote® Forage-Mate® line. We also offer custom blending services for larger customers interested in marketing their own private-label inoculants.

Promote® Forage-Mate® forage inoculants are supported by research in areas that include improving nutrient retention, decreasing dry matter loss, improving aerobic stability, and increasing fiber digestibility. Our inoculants are formulated with multiple different strains of bacteria, including Lactobacillus plantarum, Pediococcus pentosaceous, Pediococcus acidilactici, Propionibacterium spp., and Lactobacillus buchneri. Our formulas include moisture scavengers and chlorine scavengers and our products are stored at refrigerated temperatures, all to help protect bacteria viability, and ensure product quality and performance.

 

Forage-Mate® AP

Promote® Forage-Mate® AP is a microbial inoculant featuring 3 individual proprietary strains of lactic acid bacteria, which can be used on numerous types of forages. AP is for producers with sound forage management practices that are looking for a high quality inoculant at an economical price.

Recommended Use:

Water-Soluble Form: Mix with cool, clean water. Apply the solution based on application rate for the type of applicator, nozzle, and crop. Use 1 gram of AP per ton of harvested crop to provide 100,000 CFU per gram of crop. AP is available in 100 gram and 1000 gram canisters to treat 100 tons and 1000 tons of harvested crop, respectively.

Dry Form: Apply 1 pound of AP Dry per ton of silage to provide 100,000 CFU per gram of crop. AP Dry is available in 50 pound bags to treat 50 tons of harvested crop.

Forage-Mate® BP

Promote® Forage-Mate® BP is a microbial inoculant featuring lactic acid bacteria, Propionibacterium, and Lactobacillus buchneri to enhance nutrient preservation and aerobic stability upon feed-out of corn or sorghum silage or high-moisture corn. BP is the product of choice for producers with aerobic stability challenges that cannot be corrected with sound forage management practices

Recommended Use:

Water-Soluble Form: Mix with cool, clean water. Apply the solution based on application rate for the type of applicator, nozzle, and crop. BP is available in 200 gram and 2000 gram canisters.

Corn or Sorghum Silage: Use 2 gram of BP per ton of harvested crop to provide 500,000 CFU per gram of crop.

High-Moisture Corn or Earlage: Use 3 grams of BP per ton of harvested crop to provide 750,000 CFU per gram of crop.

Forage-Mate® CC

Promote® Forage-Mate® CC is a microbial inoculant featuring 6 strains of lactic acid-producing bacteria that can be applied to alfalfa and grass and small grain silages in sub-optimal harvesting conditions. CC is the product of choice for producers that may find themselves harvesting forages in challenging conditions that may pose an increased risk for poor fermentation.

Recommended Use:

Water-Soluble Form: Mix with cool, clean water. Apply the solution based on application rate for the type of applicator, nozzle, and crop. Use 1 gram of CC per ton of harvested crop to provide 200,000 CFU per gram of crop. CC is available in 100 gram and 1000 gram canisters to treat 100 tons and 1000 tons of harvested crop, respectively.

Forage-Mate® EBL

Promote® Forage-Mate® EBL is a microbial inoculant featuring lactic acid bacteria and Propionibacterium bacteria species to enhance nutrient preservation and aerobic stability upon feed-out of corn or sorghum silage or high-moisture corn. EBL is for the producers with sound forage management practices, looking for cost-effective assistance with aerobic stability.

Recommended Use:

Water-Soluble Form: Mix with cool, clean water. Apply the solution based on application rate for the type of applicator, nozzle, and crop. Use 1 gram of EBL per ton of harvested crop to provide 200,000 CFU per gram of crop. EBL is available in 100 gram and 1000 gram canisters to treat 100 tons and 1000 tons of harvested crop, respectively.

Dry Form: Apply 1 pounds of EBL Dry per ton of silage to provide 200,000 CFU per gram of crop. EBL Dry is available in 50 pound bags to treat 50 tons of harvested crop.

Forage-Mate® HQ

Promote® Forage-Mate® HQ is a microbial inoculant featuring 5 proprietary strains of lactic acid bacteria that can be used on numerous forage types and over a wide range of forage moisture conditions. HQ is the product of choice for producers with sound forage management practices that are trying to increase animal performance by improving silage quality and nutrient digestibility.

Recommended Use:

Water-Soluble Form: Mix with cool, clean water. Apply the solution based on application rate for the type of applicator, nozzle, and crop. Use 1 gram of HQ per ton of harvested crop to provide 100,000 CFU per gram of crop. HQ is available in 100 gram and 1000 gram canisters to treat 100 tons and 1000 tons of harvested crop, respectively.

Concentrated Dry Form: Apply 4 ounces of HQ Dry per ton of silage to provide 100,000 CFU per gram of crop. HQ Dry is available in 50 pound bags to treat 200 tons of harvested crop.

Forage-Mate® VS-3

Promote® Forage-Mate® VS-3 is a microbial inoculant featuring 2 lactic acid bacteria species to enhance nutrient preservation, at a higher concentration to provide additional lactic acid production in stressful fermentation conditions. VS-3 is the product of choice for producers with challenging fermentation and storage conditions.

Recommended Use:

Water-Soluble Form: Mix with cool, clean water. Apply the solution based on application rate for the type of applicator, nozzle, and crop. Use 1 gram of VS-3 per ton of harvested crop to provide 300,000 CFU per gram of crop. VS-3 is available in 100 gram and 1000 gram canisters to treat 100 tons and 1000 tons of harvested crop, respectively.

Dry Form: Apply 1 pound of VS-3 Dry per ton of silage to provide 300,000 CFU per gram of crop. VS-3 Dry is available in 50 pound bags to treat 50 tons of harvested crop.

Forage-Mate® HayDefenderTM

Promote® Forage-Mate® HayDefender hay treatment is a liquid Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product blend to enhance forage quality and preserve higher-moisture hay by restricting yeast and mold growth. HayDefender offers the flexibility of application at cutting or baling, while also being safe for handling. HayDefender is for hay producers seeking to enhance forage quality and preserve higher-moisture hay.