How dry is your farm?

Click this link to let your voice be heard!  Add your address and the date and click on the chart to let them know how dry we are!
New data collected through Tuesday morning.
Then complied and reviewed – yielding results which are published on Thursday each week at 8AM

You can also report conditions at: 
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network
Click: Condition monitoring report.


Baling Drought-stressed Corn for silage

The lack of rain has cattleman around the county, and state, wondering what forage they are going to feed. Maybe baling your drought-stressed, earless corn could be the best option from a bad situation to capture some nutrients for your herd.
Considerations before chopping:
1. Did you side-dress N or apply poultry liter? Be sure to test for Nitrates. Recall, nitrates accumulate in the bottom portion of the stalk, be sure to raise your cutter to limit nitrates. 
2. Check your dry matter/moisture. You can do this at home in your microwave. The ideal moisture in the bale will encourage proper fermentation and prevent spoilage. Click here for step by step instructions
3. Once your plant begins to tassel, the total tonnage doesn't change greatly. Waiting to bale for silage will increase fiber levels and decrease overall nutritional value of the corn for our herd.
4. Talk to your insurance agent before chopping.
5. Allow forage to ferment 4-6 weeks before beginning to feed. Drought-stressed corn silage will not feed like normal corn silage. Consult with a MU Extension livestock specialist or your nutritionist to ensure that your herd's nutritional needs are met.
Click here for the press release for more information.

See Below for common Q/A for baling corn:
Q: Is short/stunted corn worth baling?
A: Absolutely! Lush leafy corn growth will commonly test around 13% protein and provide fiber to support rumen function. 

Q: What if my corn has rust?
A. This should not limit the feeding value of your crop, however be aware that it will dry down much faster. If the crop is too dry going into the bale, the fermentation profile will be altered encouraging mold growth.

MU Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory's website can be found at  The phone number to reach them with any questions or inquiries is 1-800-UMC-VMDL (800-862-8635).   


Drought Feed Alternatives Spreadsheet (To help you figure the cost)

Drought Feed Alternatives Spreadsheet (xls)


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