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Published September 16, 2010, 01:49 PM

Eastern NM farmers report varied corn yield

CLOVIS, N.M. — Farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties are reporting varied yields in their harvest of corn silage.

CLOVIS, N.M. — Farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties are reporting varied yields in their harvest of corn silage.

Most corn grown in the eastern New Mexico area is chopped for silage, which goes to feed cattle.

Roosevelt County farmer Rick Ledbetter says different amounts of rain in the area caused corn to yield different amounts of silage.

Kevin Breshears of SPRA-Green Custom Harvesting says he’s seen average to a little less-than-average yields.

Anderson Dairy’s Alan Anderson says some dairy owners have chosen to use less silage this year due to last year’s low milk prices.

He says dairies must pay for silage all at once, but they can use hay instead and pay for it throughout the year.

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