Fire ant rules apply for crop residues sold as hay
LITTLE ROCK – Row crop farmers harvesting their main crop are being encouraged to consider baling up what remains as food for use at drought-sticken livestock operations, however, farmers should keep in mind that fire ant quarantine rules apply before moving any crop residues, agriculture officials said.
Many crop residues can provide forage for cattle, provided they weren’t treated with any chemicals that might bar it from being feed, said Shane Gadberry, associate professor-ruminant nutrition for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. (See ‘Using Alternative Feeds to Cope with Drought,’ www.uaex.edu/news/june2012/0625ArkDroughtCattleFeed.html).
Possibilities include peanut hay – the dried vines of harvested peanut plants; rice stubble, as well as corn and sorghum stalks.