Nebraska Extension

With current high temperatures and a drought throughout most of the state, many farmers may wonder if any of their drought-stressed corn or milo can be salvaged.

Nebraska Extension water and crops educator Samantha Daniel says there are things to keep in mind before trying to harvest the stressed crop for feed.

"Insurance claims should be filed before any action is taken in order to determine what is permitted according to your policy," Daniel said. 

"Chemical labels should also be checked for any grazing, haying, or pre-harvesting restrictions."

Daniel says grazing of drought stressed crops can be risky due to nitrate accumulation.  However, salvaging can still be possible by following proper preparation and timing of harvest.

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