Silage harvest is happening in South Dakota. South Dakota State University Extension Feedlot Specialist Warren Rusche says the corn silage conditions vary across the map. “It goes anywhere from fields that are four to five feet tall with no ears to other fields that really aren’t bad, we just lost grain yield. Silage tonnage and the amount of dry matter for corn shouldn’t be too far from normal,” says Rusche. “Check the moisture, these plants are wetter than you think. Once you do that, remember the basic things about putting up silage. Get the chop length right, pack it well and get the pile covered.” Depending on the drought stress, Rusche says a nitrate test may be necessary for silage.
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