A southwest Missouri cattle producer is reminding farmers to test their hay this fall. Kristina Callison with Fire Sweep Ranch says the ongoing drought has significantly decreased hay quality.
She says they recently purchased 30 bales from a local seller. “Our test came back and it was positive for nitrates,” she says. “I contacted the lab and paid another $10 to have a quantified test ran on the hay. The nitrogen level is higher than 2.09%, which cannot even be diluted safely and fed to anything.