NDSU Sound Ag: What Producers Should Keep in Mind if they are Considering Grazing Cattle on Corn
Fargo, ND — Faced with poor corn yields due to drought, some producers in the northern plains have begun or are considering harvesting corn for cattle forage instead of grain. However, there are some pro and cons to consider before you do. Zac Carlson, NDSU Extension beef cattle specialist, says first off you need to check in with your crop insurance provider to make sure you meet requirements to do so and check your chemical labels for restrictions as well.
There are some concerns to keep in mind when harvesting drought-stressed corn. Carlson says producers should keep an eye on nitrate levels and make sure your livestock gets a good mix.
Some producers may also choose to let livestock graze on their corn crop. Again Carlson recommends to check nitrate levels and also make sure cattle are well fed before turning them out for grazing.
For more information on grazing, visit the NDSU extension website or contact your local extension agent.