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Nitrate Testing Available for Forages


PR Extension Office

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"One would think that if there was ever a year that nitrate levels would not be a concern, this would be it," stated Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. "However," she added, "we are seeing some high levels of nitrate in samples of small grains being cut for forage."

High levels of nitrates in cereal grain are usually present under drought conditions. The roots of growing plants will continue to take in nitrate nitrogen; however, normal plant metabolism which convert nitrate to protein is disrupted and high nitrate levels accumulate. Any time the plant is stressed, nitrate levels ca...

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