A lot of area corn crops have been compromised by drought stress and are expected to yield little or no grain. However, your corn crop may still be salvageable as a silage crop.
With proper management, drought stressed corn can make good animal feed, but there are several precautions to be aware of before harvesting including: proper moisture content for optimal fermentation, potentially toxic levels of nitrates that can accumulate in plant tissues, harvest intervals of pesticides and herbicides recently applied to the field, and consequences of stalk removal on soil fertility and soil moisture retention. Additionally, be sure to check with your crop insurance agent before harvesting for forage or silage or you may forfeit indemnities.
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What is the replacement rate in your beef herd? The lower replacement rate of your herd, the more cost effective your farm will be.
Lowering your replacement rate by just 4% can be cost effective. However, you need to remember this will take a few years to accomplish.
Click Here for tips on how to lower the replacement rate of your herd.
The long hot days of Summer can have an effect on milk components. You may have already started to see a decline in milk fat and protein concentrations. Cows with heat stress tend to have a lower dry mater intake which leads to decrease in milk production.
However, there are nutritional strategies that can improve milk components in the summer.
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Nutrient deficiencies usually show up first in distinct areas of the field. As you walk the fields look for patterns that could indicate that you may have a nutrient deficiency problem.
From striped leaves to inverted yellow “V” leaves starting at the tip of the leaf and going back the middle of the leaf could be indications that you have a nutrient deficiency.
Click here to learn more about Diagnosing Nutrient Deficiencies.
Remember… The Bedford Farm Bureau Agronomy Team is available to help with any questions or concerns you may have!!!