AUBURN, Ala.— Nitrate toxicity in cattle is a growing threat across southeastern states battling drought. An animal scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says drought is increasing the chance for livestock forages to develop elevated nitrate levels.
Dr. Kim Mullenix says that nitrates can accumulate in forages when plants are stressed by low soil moisture, high temperatures or low humidity. She says producers should check their forages’ nitrate levels. Learn more about nitrate toxicity and how to take samples in this story from ExtensionDaily.com.
Learn more about sampling different forages and the testing process in this fact sheet. Watch the Extension video, How to Pull a Hay Sample, to learn how to properly collect a representative forage sample. Find the forage testing form here.