The drought has taken its toll on Missouri's pastures and hay. Many farmers are considering using corn and soybeans to feed their livestock. However, many of these crops have been treated with herbicides. Farmers need to consider the waiting period between herbicide application and using the crop for livestock feed. The Hannibal Courier Post published a chart to help farmers determine when it is safe to use their herbicide-treated crop for feed.
One of the most important considerations is the forage and feeding restrictions of the herbicides that have already been sprayed for weed control in these fields. In other words, it will be critical to know the waiting period that must be followed between application of a given herbicide and the grazing or harvesting of that crop for use as a forage.