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August 3, 2015 - 2:42pm -- Anonymous

I have had some questions recently about cutting and baling up wheat fields that did not get harvested and for which there is no wheat grain market.  I asked Pierce Paul, OSU Extension Agronomic Crop pathologist about possible vomitoxin levels on the wheat straw in this situation.  His reply was “research out of the University of Illinois shows that vomitoxin levels are often higher in the straw than in the grain, several folds higher in some cases (double- and even triple-digit levels in some cases).”  If vomitoxin is a possibility then the best use for this wheat hay is as bedding in a situation where livestock are being fed adequate levels of other forage for fiber so that their intake of this bedding material is minimal.