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Experts test nitrate levels

Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Purdue Extension Educator-ANR Jenna Smith (right) tests a corn stalk for nitrate.
This year's drought has brought several questions to farmers' minds in terms of marketing their grain, crop insurance and feeding livestock.

In response to the questions, Purdue Extension recently conducted an Area Drought Management Workshop where 128 farmers and agribusiness professionals attended to hear David Redman (Extension Educator) and Chris Hurst (Extension Specialist) discuss feeding livestock and marketing grain, respectfully.

The next week, Purdue Extension in Clay, Owen and Putnam counties teamed up to test the nitrate levels in corn stalks from fields farmers were considering feeding their livestock.

In all, 32 different fields were tested and six samples of silage were sent to A&L Laboratories for further testing.

Anyone who was unable to attend either of the meetings, but would like more information about coping with the drought or to have their corn stalks tested for the presence of nitrates, contact the local Purdue Extension Office at 448-9041 in Clay County or 812-829-5020 in Owen County or reach me directly at smith535@purdue.edu.



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