drought-stricken corn silage could contain toxic levels of nitrogen

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is warning livestock producers and corn growers to take steps to avoid harming livestock by feeding drought-stricken corn silage.

Comer says with Kentucky’s corn crop and pastures suffering from little rain, growers are considering chopping their corn into silage to salvage some value. But he says they should first check to make sure the silage has acceptable nitrogen levels.

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Comer says drought-stricken corn silage could contain toxic levels of nitrogen, which could be fatal if fed to livestock.

He says farmers who have federal crop insurance should check with their adjusters before making any big decisions.

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