Check out this article in today’s Omaha World-Herald, “Farmers make the best of drought-stricken crops“by David Hendee
I wanted to highlight some of the items mentioned in the article.
This is new territory for many farmers. “It is not harvesting. It is salvaging” Many farmers are experiencing tremendous losses and a drive through neighboring fields is really depressing. I have never seen corn ears drop down and face the ground. Just the mere color of brown corn at this time of the year shows how the drought has impacted crops.
The article talks about salvaging corn,
Drought-stricken corn plants on thousands of nonirrigated acres are being chopped into tiny pieces for livestock feed by dryland farmers desperate to save something from a crop burned to ruin by drought.
Livestock feed is in short supply
Kasey Tobias, famer near Sargent, Nebraska chopped 50 acres of cor plants and commented, “There was no corn there,” “We just chopped stalks and tassels for silage. There were a few nubbins but no kernels. This is the driest I’ve seen since I started farming in 1978.”
Some dryland cornfields are drying out faster than choppers can get to them, raising anxiety among farmers and feedlot owners eager to secure the plants before they are useless as silage.
As you can see, the drought is really causing farmers to act, and act quickly to chop what is currently left in the fields for silage.
To see what the impact of chopping corn and salvaging corn, watch the following video.