Great weather for harvesting, but not for grazing cover


November 11, 2021

The Wehrmans started soybean harvest on Sept. 16 and finished Oct. 9. They then began corn harvest and hope to be done later this week unless it rains. Main members of the harvest crew have been Bud Wehrman, Philip Wehrman, Nick Wehrman, Jarrod Wehrman, Peter Spirk, Nolan Ostdiek, Trevor Biltoft and Dustin Cassel. They also had help from Phil and Diane Wherman's son-in-law, Darin Jolly, Dakota Thayer, Josh Jacobitz, Joey McCutchen, Matt Porter and Doug Porter. Photos by Jarrod Wehrman.

We've had some nice harvesting weather this fall but the lack of a hard frost has thrown a wrench into grazing covers. For those with cattle on cover crops, Jenny Rees, extension educatior, warns, "Please be aware of the potential for nitrate and prussic acid poisoning with the light frosts. Nitrogen moves from the roots up the plant. When a frost occurs, nitrates accumulate in the plant, and, we had lighter frosts for several days in a row. For sorghum species where prussic acid poisoning is also of concern, we say to wait at least 5 days before returning animals back to the field after fr...

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