Missouri farmers dealing with poor hay and dwindling stockpiles could turn to another source of silage: their corn fields. University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Gene Schmitz says several farmers turned to their crops during the last major drought six years ago.  Schmitz outlines one of the most important factors in deciding when to bale corn for silage.

One issue with baling corn is how to minimize nitrates, which can convert to ammonia when ruminated and be toxic to cattle.  Schmitz says a field test can determine how high the cutter should set.

Extension livestock specialist Gene Schmitz adds that farmers considering corn silaging need to consult with their crop insurance adviser before beginning.  However time may be short, as dry tonnage will vary little after corn begins to tassel.

Schmitz was our guest Tuesday afternoon on Ag Insight: