To make sure rations are properly balanced, test drought-stressed corn silage before feeding, says Bill Weiss, Ohio State University animal scientist.

If drought-stressed silage is chopped at the correct moisture content and low in nitrates, it’s a reasonably good feed, says Weiss. It usually has more fiber and less grain than normal silage, but the fiber is generally more digestible. The net result: The energy value often is slightly lower than that of normal silage, so additional grain supplementation may be needed.