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Commodities: Field Crops: Forages

Nitrate Test Kits

Make sure your field kits for nitrates are up to date. The strips have a 5 month shelf-life, so double-check the dates. Here's more info on how to perform the field test and on where to order the strips, etc.: UGA Forage Nitrate Test Kit Instructions.

There is also a newer nitrate test kit for livestock feed that uses an enzymatic approach (nitrate reductase) to analyze nitrate concentration. Kits can be ordered at http://www.nitrate.com/lfntk2.htm.

Please remember that no field test kit is as reliable as the analysis of a representative forage sample.