Potential for High Nitrate Levels in Drought-Stressed Corn Silage
Dr. Ron Heiniger and Dr. Jim Dunphy, North Carolina State University
As growers consider their options for salvaging drought-damaged corn, the natural option is to harvest the crop for silage. Growers should be aware that elevated nitrate levels in drought-stressed corn silage can result in harm to humans and livestock. Nitrates can accumulate in corn during unfavorable conditions when growth is slow and nitrates are plentiful.