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Mushrooms on round bales

  • 07-01-2022 11:45am
    Registered Users Posts: 946 ✭✭✭ john mayo 10

    Hi. I have noticed some silage bales with mushrooms growing on them. We i open the bale the area when the mushroom was i all gone off. What is causing this


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,849 ✭✭✭ Jb1989

    Plastic was punctured in that area by bale stacker/handler or vermin attacked bales no doubt, air got in and bacteria started to work. Be more cautious with stacking bales next year and keep cats and birds off them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,046 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian

    We had one I opened last week. Probably half barrow load of bad silage inside.

  • Registered Users Posts: 849 ✭✭✭ Easten

    Could be several issues

    not enough plastic on the bales

    Poorly packed bales

    Course fodder under the plastic which punctures it

    Wet silage with a lot of muck and dirt mixed in

    Damage to the bales when stacking them

    Damage to the plastic caused by incorrect tension on the bale wrapper

    Poor quality plastic

    Vermin and wildlife walking on or pecking at the bales

    Bales gone too old :- over 18 months they tend to rot

  • Registered Users Posts: 946 ✭✭✭ john mayo 10

    Silage was made this year in dry weather. There is a bit of weed in the land im baling but should have that under control this year. My thinking is not enough plastic on the bales. I usually say to the contractor to put extra wrap on the bales but i must have forgot to tell him or he didn't bother to do so