Advice on reducing nitrate levels when harvesting and feeding drought-damaged corn silage is plentiful this year, but nitrates are just one part of the picture.

Bill Weiss, professor and dairy extension specialist at Ohio State University, reminds producers to watch for silage spoilage at feed-out.

“Severely drought-stressed corn can have a high concentration of sugars because the plant is not depositing starch into the kernels,” Weiss says. “High sugar concentrations can increase spoilage at feed-out because it is a food source for yeasts and molds.”