Farmers Dealing With Toxins

In the aftermath of one of the worst droughts in recent history, farmers across the United States are dealing with the aftereffects of fertilizer use and are scrambling to find ways to dispose of toxic crops.

For the past several months, farmers across the country have been struggling with increasingly worsening drought conditions. From California to Ohio, the abnormally high temperature and the severe lack of rain and moisture have stunted agricultural production. This drought comes at a particularly bad time for many farmers, who had hoped to use this summer to crow a record corn crop, taking advantage of high crop prices.

The sheer amount of stunted and withered crops is now also posing a challenge to many farmers. Typically, ruined crops can be converted into animal feed, allowing farmers to gain something from their losses.

However, thanks to the drought, which has severely stunted crop growth, nitrogen based fertilizers applied to plants has failed to spread evenly. With crops not growing to their full potential, many toxic chemicals remain concentrated in the stalk of plants, rendering them poisonous and dangerous to livestock.

In addition, farmers forced to abandon silage due to high levels of toxins will be forced to buy extra feed for struggling herds, further increasing the financial burden of farmers across rural America.

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer