K-State Research and Extension News
August 13, 2012
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Demonstrations Planned for Treating Wheat Straw with Ammonia

Wheat Straw as Forage May be an Option

COLBY, Kan. – With the drought of 2012 showing no signs of easing, producers may want to consider baling straw for forage this year, according to Sandy Johnson, K-State Research and Extension livestock specialist, based in Colby, Kan. To address the pros and cons of baling straw and treating it with ammonia to create a quality forage, K-State is teaming up with several producers to provide demonstrations around the state.

“Ammoniation is an option for those producers with wheat straw on hand to improve its feed value to a level comparable to prairie hay,” said Dale Blasi, beef cattle specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

Dates, times, locations and contact information for the demonstrations include:

Tuesday, Aug. 14 - 8:30 a.m. - Ross & Judy Kinsler Homestead, 2746 NW 30th St., Kingman - contact Matt Clark, 620-532-5131;

Thursday, Aug. 16 – 9 a.m. - Burgess Land and Cattle Co, 11710 Adams Creek Rd., Westmoreland – contact Austin Sexton - 785-457-3319;

Friday, Aug. 17 – 9 a.m. - 9 miles south of Ness City to Road 40 and 1 mile west to top of hill -  contact Jared Petersille - 785-798-3921; and

Tuesday, Aug. 21 – 10 a.m. - Leon Mosteller farm, 1/4 mile west of the intersection of N and 232 roads, Bern, Kan. - contact Jody Holthaus - 785-364-4125.

Participants will learn how to ammoniate low quality forage, as well as the benefits and uses of ammoniated forages. Presenters will cover safety precautions related to ammoniating forage.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research & Extension News

Sandy Johnson – 785-462-6281 or sandyj@ksu.edu