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IS DROUGHT STRESSED CORN SALVAGEABLE AS A SILAGE CROP??

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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