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Ammoniating wheat straw

If planning ammoniated wheat straw for winter needs, Kansas State researchers offer the following tips to keep in mind

If planning ammoniated wheat straw for winter needs, Kansas State researchers offer the following tips to keep in mind:

  • The best time to ammoniate is immediately after wheat harvest, prior to weather deterioration.
  • The ammoniation process is temperature-sensitive, fastest during hot days.
  • Apply 60 pounds (lb.) of anhydrous ammonia per ton of straw.
  • Do not ammoniate wheat hay or any other intermediate or high-quality forage, as production of imidazole — an organic compound — can cause hyperactivity and death.
  • The process will double crude protein (CP) content, enhance intake and be cost effective.

More information about ammoniation treatment of low-quality forages is available at http://www.oznet.ksu.edu.

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