The dry conditions this summer are resulting in quite variable corn growth and production potential. Some livestock producers are beginning harvest of corn damaged by drought conditions for silage. Corn silage harvest results in more phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) removal than grain alone because almost the entire plant is harvested. The increased amount removed with silage differs for P and K because the relative amount of P and K is different in corn vegetative parts than in grain. For P there can be approximately four times greater amount of P per ton of dry matter in grain than vegetative parts, but for K the opposite occurs, on average with almost three times greater amount of K per ton of dry matter in the vegetative parts.
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Sawyer, John E. and Mallarino, Antonio P., "Phosphorus and Potassium in Silage Harvest of Drought-Damaged Corn" (2012). Integrated Crop Management News. 151.
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