Wheat Straw Seen As Potential Forage Replacement

Dwindling hay supplies and pasture quality have producers scrambling for alternate forage for their livestock.  One growing option for Missouri producers is wheat straw.  However, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Gene Schmitz says for the straw to be palatable and of adequate quality, producers will need to treat it with anhydrous ammonia.

Schmitz says it will take at least two weeks for the ammonia to impact the straw’s nutritional value.

MU Extension livestock specialist Gene Schmitz adds that farmers will need to follow all safety measures related to the use of anhydrous ammonia.  That includes opening the straw bales from upwind and at least two days before feeding it to livestock.  Additional tips are available from your county’s University of Missouri Extension office.