FRESH CUT Plus
FRESH CUT® Plus Liquid Hay Preservative
FRESH CUT® Plus contains a blend of organic acids effective against mold and yeast growth. FRESH CUT Plus is also buffered to reduce metal corrosion while improving worker safety. The liquid formulation allows for more complete distribution, dispersion, and penetration into hay.
Features and Benefits
Harvest and storage losses for baled hay can represent a significant source of economic loss. These losses are directly related to the length of time cut hay lays in the field prior to baling and are inversely related to the moisture content of the crop at baling. Baling hay at higher moisture levels reduces leaf shatter and field curing time. Additionally, more protein-rich leaves and softer stems improve digestibility. In order to bale at moisture levels above 15%, treatments are required to inhibit microbial growth and deterioration of the hay during storage.
FRESH CUT Plus Liquid Hay Preservative is a blend of organic acids, a surfactant and an antioxidant, effective on a wide variety of spoilage organisms and compatible with common feed ingredients. The liquid formulation allows for a more complete distribution, dispersion, and penetration into hay. The buffered formulation provides improved safety for employees and equipment life.
Nebraska Hay Trial1
Kemin conducted a trial in Nebraska showing the benefits of treating 24% moisture hay with FRESH CUT Plus. Both Crude Protein (CP) digestibility and Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF) digestibility were improved in hay treated with FRESH CUT Plus.
Figure 1. Impact of moisture and FRESH CUT Plus liquid application on nutritional characteristics of baled hay.
In the Nebraska hay trial, hay treated with FRESH CUT Plus was not only more nutritious, but the hay was visually more appealing. Using a scale from 1-5, where one was excessively dry and five was excessively heat damaged, hay treated with FRESH CUT Plus scored from 2.2-3.2.
Drying hay below 20% moisture reduces the incidence of heat damage. However, due to climatic conditions associated with first and last cuttings in the Midwest, there may be insufficient heat units (HU) to effect good drying. It appears from these data, if a producer is baling hay at a moisture content of between 18 and 22%, hay additives, like FRESH CUT Plus, increase the probability of making hay with green color and reduced heat damage, thus adding value to the stored crop.
Mexico Hay Trial7
In a trial conducted in Torreon, Mexico, the optimum hay was produced using a combination of dew moisture and FRESH CUT Plus.
Figure 2. Impact of FRESH CUT Plus liquid application on crude protein and relative feed value of baled hay.
California Hay Trial
In this trial, conducted in the San Joaquin Valley, this producer recovered more dry matter per bale when bales were treated with FRESH CUT Plus. Given the baler settings, baling at higher moisture and applying FRESH CUT Plus at recommended rates would remove approximately 19% more alfalfa plant dry matter (DM) per acre from a field.
Figure 3. Effects of moisture level at bailing and FRESH CUT Plus application on DM weight of cured alfalfa.8
At the same time, FRESH CUT Plus, applied at recommended rates, lowered mold (P < 0.01) and yeast (P < 0.05) counts in cured alfalfa hay compared to the control. Blended organic acid products such as FRESH CUT Plus should be effective in reducing the growth of molds and yeast over time, which was supported by the trial results.
Figure 4. Effects of FRESH CUT Plus application on mold and yeast counts in cured alfalfa hay.9
FRESH CUT Plus application at recommended rates lowered mold (P<0.01) and yeast (P<0.05) counts in cured alfalfa hay compared to the control. Blended organic acid products such as FRESH CUT Plus are effective in reducing the growth of molds and yeast over time, which was supported by the trial results.
- Kemin Internal Document 07-00076
- Kemin Internal Document 09-00010
- Kemin Internal Document 13-00071
- Kemin Internal Document 13-00069