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High Levels of Nitrogen in Corn Pose Threat to Cattle

Posted: Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 6:23 am
Author: KCII News - Nathan Swenson

Corn grown this summer may have an excess of nitrogen, posing a threat to the cattle that eat it. Dan Loy with the Iowa Beef Center says nitrogen is normally converted to protein in the corn kernel and adds a drought inhibits the corn’s ability to make that conversion.

Loy shares that the high levels of nitrates in corn is very toxic to cattle and says the first sign is usually a dead cow.

He explains the main concern is corn that’s chopped for emergency feed, as the fermentation process for silage lowers the risk of high nitrogen levels.