Drought Conditions Conducive to Nitrate Accumulation

Drought Conditions Conducive to Nitrate Accumulation

Darrell L. Rankins, Jr., Auburn Universtiy

The southern half of Alabama is experiencing severe drought conditions, which can lead to nitrate problems for beef cattle. Many producers begin to look for alternative sources of feed for the cow herd and one possibility that comes up is to turn the cows into the corn fields which have been deemed a loss from the standpoint of grain production. Nitrate levels in the corn plants should be considered before turning the cows in.

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