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Test drought-stressed corn before harvest

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By David Harrison

 If corn is going to be fed as green chop or grazed, test for nitrates before harvest to be sure the crop will be safe to feed. For corn harvested properly as silage which goes through a good fermentation, nitrate levels could decrease 30 to 50 percent and can be tested after fermentation and before feeding. 

If you need to decide which corn fields to harvest as silage, testing before harvesting will allow one to determine which fields need to be harvested as silage (those higher in nitrates) and those with safer levels of nitrates for green chop or grazing. 


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