As the drought continues to grow in South Dakota so does the number of farmers who will be chopping up their corn crop for cattle feed. Many farmers who also raise livestock normally turn some of their crop into silage, but nobody planned on having to do it this early or this much.
Too many farmers in the southeast corner of the state have no other options as the drought has prevented their cornfields from producing an ear and stunted overall plant growth.
When farmers decide to chop their corn for feed, there are a number of things to consider, including nutrient value, stalk nitrate amounts and moisture percentages.
South Dakota State University Extension offers a great deal of information on their website for those burdened with tough decisions because of the drought. You can visit their page at http://igrow.org/agronomy/drought/
Our recommended links for farmers planning to chop silage would include the following…