High level of nitrates have been detected in forages this year in South Dakota and other states. Depending on where you live, it could be due to weather conditions, fertilizer, previous crop, or a combination.
Defoliation caused by blister beetle adults is usually minor. However, the main concern with these insects is that the adults contain a chemical known as cantharidin that is capable of producing painful blisters.
The Washington Hay Growers Association represents the farmers growing feed and fiber crops that fuel global industries, from Northwest dairy cattle to pets large and small and livestock around the world.