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The NBGA is a national barley advocacy organization formed in 1989 to advance the national and international interests of US barley producers in the six major barley-producing states of Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington. The state of Maryland joined the organization in 1996. We work closely with federal policymakers, congressional offices and regulatory agencies to ensure our barley producers’ concerns are considered. The United States is the eighth-largest barley producing country in the world and, after corn and sorghum, is the third major feed grain crop produced in the United States. From 2004 to 2008, U.S. grain producers planted 4.0 million acres of barley, contributing over $750 million to the nation’s economy. Barley is a short-season, early maturing crop grown on both irrigated and dry land production areas in the United States and is grown for animal feed, food, or malting. Production is concentrated in the Northern Plains states and the Pacific Northwest in areas where the growing season is relatively short and climatic conditions are cool and dry. Historically, livestock consumed most of the barley produced in the United States, but food and industrial uses have shown continued growth while feed uses of barley have declined. Most is now grown to be malt barley because of the price premium it commands. Currently, U.S. barley usage is approximately 66 percent food and industrial use, 12 percent export use and 22 percent feed and residual use.
What is PowerSile? Not all inoculants are the same. Why?
Because they do not all contain the same bacteria strains. PowerSile is a uniquely formulated inoculant with specifically selected bacteria and enzymes capable of dominating the fermentation process. The result is an inoculant that provides the following benefits:
Effective on any silage crop. PowerSile is effective on alfalfa haylage, high moisture corn, corn silage, barley silage, oatage, grass silage, sorghum silage and winter forage mix.
*Production of good quality forage requires good management practices. The use of any forage additive cannot be expected to overcome poor management.
The superior strains in PowerSile were selected following a scientific, targeted screening program. Two unique strains of bacteria from an initial screen or more than 4000 strains.
Pediococcus pentosaceous – more effective above a pH of 5
Lactobacillus plantarum – works best below a pH of 5
Our superior quality control ensures that inoculants are sold in peak condition with the highest counts of live bacteria possible. PowerSile contains only elite strains of homo fermentative bacteria specially selected for their ability to produce high volumes of lactic acid, resulting in rapid drop in pH soon after application.
PowerSile contains specially chosen enzymes which break down complex carbohydrates into water soluble sugars. This guarantees an adequate supply of food for bacteria, allowing for an extremely fast drop in pH. In addition, these enzymes minimize the liquid runoff.
Researchers recommend applying 100,000 live bacteria per gram of forage. PowerSile inoculant always meets this criteria. PowerSile can be applied using any suitable applicator. Ensure that applicators are clean and properly calibrated.
Recommended storage is in a refrigerator or freezer. Shelf life is 12 months when stored as recommended.