UNL Offers Nitrate Testing at Husker Harvest Days

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are planning to test cattle forages for nitrates at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island.

Organizers say they'll offer the free tests for cattle producers on Sept. 11-13. Assistant animal science professor Matt Luebbe says the tests seek to address concerns that the drought has boosted nitrate levels too high to use the forages as feed.

Luebbe says the tests usually determine whether nitrate levels exist within one or two minutes. Figuring out the exact levels present can take up to an hour.

Luebbe says university extension staff will be on hand to help create a feeding program if nitrate levels are high.

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