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Utilizing drought-damaged corn for livestock feed

Posted by Russel Higgins -

The lack of rainfall has many livestock producers scrambling for feed supplies. Pasture and hay growth has come to a standstill and many are contemplating the future feed needs of their herds, and utilizing the drought damaged corn is looking more attractive each day. There simply isn't enough hay available to supply the herd throughout the remainder of the year through next spring. And with the continued deterioration of the corn crop, there may not be much in the way of grain production so why not utilize the crop to provide for the feed needs of the herd?

There are multiple methods of offering the corn, each with pros and cons, including green chop, ensiling, bailing, and grazing. Many questions have arisen regarding the proper methods of utilizing the corn.

University of Illinois Extension educators invite you to attend a free informational, question/answer session to help producers understand their options. Join us on Thursday, July 19th at 6:00 p.m. at Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward Street in Sycamore. The session will be conducted via our Telenet audioconferencing system.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Harvesting Methods
  • Pricing Your Neighbor's Field
  • Nitrate Concerns
  • Methods to Reduce Nitrate Levels
  • Animal Performance

Other potential topics may include early weaning of beef calves, water requirements/water quality, using co-products as forage replacement, and pasture management in drought.

There is no fee for this program, but we do request that you pre-register by Wednesday, July 18 by calling 815.732.2191 or visit our website at

For more information contact Ellen Phillips, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator at 815.732.2191 or

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