Many areas of Iowa have had below normal rainfall throughout much of June, and most of July and August. Cornfields across the state have begun to mature too early and the heavy infestations of soybean aphids might have detrimental effects on bean yields. The management strategies adopted by each producer will vary with local conditions and objectives, such as: recent rainfall and soil moisture conditions; nutritional requirements of the various types of livestock; quantity and quality of 'new crop' forage available; condition and availability of drought-stressed corn and other grain crops; and herbicide and insecticide residues in drought forage. Below are some overall options and factors for consideration.
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Barnhart, Stephen K., "Dry summer corn forage harvest options and management strategies" (2003). Integrated Crop Management News. 1652.
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