When a corn plant is stunted, or not growing normally, nitrates can build up in the plant. Typically nitrogen that is taken up by the corn plant is converted to amino acids – the building blocks of protein – but in the stressed plant this conversion does not occur. And that’s why producers need to know how to handle and feed drought-damaged corn in silage form, according to Steve Ensley of Iowa State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VDPAM) department.
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Ensley, Steven M., "Take Precautions When Feeding Drought-Damaged Corn as Silage" (2012). Integrated Crop Management News. 148.
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