NEW PHILADELPHIA -- The continuing drought conditions have caused frustration, concerns, and a lot of questions for farmers throughout Tuscarawas County about how best to deal with the situation. Ohio State University Extension educators and specialists have developed a number of resources to address management implications as a result of the dry conditions.

Information about managing the present conditions can be found at the following sites: www.corn.osu.edu, www.beef.osu.edu, www.dairy.osu.edu and www.tuscarawas.osu.edu. Some farmers are considering the purchase of corn silage to feed to livestock. Pricing corn silage in the field can be difficult under drought conditions. Dr. Bill Weiss, OSU Extension specialist, and Dianne Shoemaker, OSU Extension specialist, have developed guidelines to assist in this decision making progress. This paper is available at www.tuscarawas.edu.

An additional concern with feeding drought stressed corn to livestock is the potential for elevated nitrate levels because they can cause death of livestock. If there is any question about the potential for elevated nitrate levels, it is suggested the forage be analyzed prior to feeding. Farmers should consult their nutritionist or veterinarian with questions about analysis, or obtain a copy of labs that conduct this testing from the local Extension office.

If you do not have Internet access but would like copies of this information mailed to you, contact the Tuscarawas County office of Ohio State University Extension at 330-339-2337.