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cornstalks, crop value, agricultural economics

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ExEx 5047




Beef producers in hard-hit drought areas of South Dakota have expressed interest in purchasing baled cornstalks from growers in the eastern part of the state. There is no hard-and-fast rule about what to charge for a bale. Cornstalks, supplemented properly, can supply the nutritional needs for beef cows in moderately good condition during the fall and early winter. The advantage of using cornstalks as roughage for beef cows is the availability and the low cost. In most situations stalks can be used for livestock bedding as well. As in any market, buyer and seller must settle on a price. There are several different methods of valuing cornstalks: (1) feed value per ton or per bale, (2) standing in the field, and (3) cost of lost fertilizer value.