Filling the Feedbunk - 1
Tue Aug 14, 2012 02:41 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Across the Corn Belt this summer, samples of drought-stressed corn and forage are streaming into agricultural labs for nitrate testing. While livestock deaths from toxic levels of nitrates have remained low this year, less immediate results of nitrate poisoning, such as the abortion of a fetus and lower rates of gain, may show up later this fall, experts told DTN.

Nitrates are normally converted into protein by a growing plant. But in severe droughts such as this one, a plant will halt the protein conversion as its growth stalls, yet continue ...

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