Managing Stressed or Damaged Crops for Livestock Feed(AS1256, revised September 2021)
Unfavorable growing conditions can result in stressed crops that are not suitable for harvest. With proper management, they may be utilized as feed or forage for livestock.
Stressed crops resulting from unfavorable weather conditions require special management considerations. It is important to assess crop growth and development and determine the best management alternatives for use as feed or forage. Yield and quality of frost- and drought-damaged crops usually are maximized when harvested as silage.
This is also true for crops that are immature due to late planting or from poor growing conditions.