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.