Home News Livestock Crops Markets Hay, Range & Pasture Home & Family Classifieds Resources This Week's Journal


High Plains Journal for Kindle

AgriMartin
Journal Getaways
Reader Comment:
by jJane

"Thanks for sharing this story!"....Read the story...
Join other discussions.




Most Extension centers can do 'quick' nitrate test

Missouri

Staff at most University of Missouri Extension centers in southwest Missouri are able to provide a "quick" test on forages to indicate whether nitrates are present.

During the 2012 season, the following counties will offer nitrate testing: Barry, Barton, Christian, Dallas, Hickory, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster. The following counties will not offer nitrate testing: Cedar, Dade and Greene.

The drought this summer has increased the likelihood of nitrate accumulations in several forages and feed sources such as johnsongrass, sudangrass, and corn. High nitrate levels are a concern in fresh forages or in hay because it can be fatal to livestock.

Testing is the best way to determine whether a forage is safe to feed or not. However, when a "quick" test is done it does not reveal how high the nitrate levels are.

Quantitative testing for forage nitrate levels is available through several private laboratories and universities. Materials to submit a sample can be picked up at most MU Extension offices.

Please call prior to taking a sample to a MU Extension center for testing. Several offices have secretaries who are willing to test for nitrates while other offices only offer the testing service if a specific specialist is in.

Date: 10/22/2012



Google
 
Web hpj.com

Copyright 1995-2014.  High Plains Publishers, Inc.  All rights reserved.  Any republishing of these pages, including electronic reproduction of the editorial archives or classified advertising, is strictly prohibited. If you have questions or comments you can reach us at
High Plains Journal 1500 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd., P.O. Box 760, Dodge City, KS 67801 or call 1-800-452-7171. Email: webmaster@hpj.com

 

Archives Search



Inside Futures

Editorial Archives

Browse Archives