No. Differences between plastic films are not visible to the eye, but can be proven in scientific laboratory test results. Oxygen barrier capabilities can only be measured in a standard lab test. The level of oxygen barrier achieved by films varies from very little to close to 100% barrier.
Silostop® achieves the closest to 100% barrier to oxygen of any silage film available, making it The Ultimate Oxygen Barrier film.
Silostop® Ultimate Oxygen Barrier Film protects the nutritional value of silage by reducing dry matter loss and visible surface spoilage.
Silostop® Ultimate Oxygen Film has been extensively researched and proven by universities all over the world to reduce dry matter loss int the outer 1 meter (3 ft) of silage by 40 to 50% or more compared to conventional PE silage covers.
Research using films with lower oxygen barrier properties has shown that, although they offer some benefit, using Silostop® Ultimate Oxygen Barrier Film can be over 100 times more effective.
There are many variables from one farm's silage system to another, and from crop to crop, that affect ROI.
However, Silostop® Ultimate Oxygen Barrier Film has been subject to many universities and commercial field trials for over 10 years. This research has shown that typically users save between $0.75 to $4 per ton (£1 to £4 per tonne / €0.75 to €4.50 per tonne) of silage by covering with Silostop® instead of conventional black / white-on-black PE plastic.
This is over and above the cost of the Silostop® itself, and represents a ROI of up to 600%, which goes straight to the farm's bottom line!