National Drought Mitigation Center

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Missouri cattle deaths from nitrate-laden hay, drought-stunted corn
3/7/2019 12:00:00 AM

Plants & Wildlife
Lawrence County, MO

Start Date: 6/1/2018 - End Date: 2/18/2019
Nearly 300 Missouri cattle deaths have been attributed to high nitrate levels in hay and drought-stunted corn. Most instances were seen in southwest and south central Missouri. Boonville Daily News (Mo.), March 7, 2019 Drought in Missouri during 2017 and through the summer of 2018 reduced available hay and grass supplies, leaving farmers to feed hay of questionable quality to their livestock. Some of the poorer quality hay was high in nitrate and resulted in the deaths of 150 cattle in the past month. In southwest Missouri, one farmer lost 40 of his 70 cattle, while another farmer lost 20 cows. Hay & Forage Grower (Fort Atkinson, Wis.), Feb. 18, 2019