Nitrate Conversion

Nitrate Conversion Calculator

Nitrate Conversion Calculator

Every lab tests for nitrates differently, with a majority of the tests being for Nitrate-Nitrogen (NO3-N), Nitrate Ion (NO3-) or Potassium Nitrate (KNO3). There is a substantial difference between these values in terms of safe, non-toxic levels. To ensure you are assessing the correct value, this calculator will convert Nitrate and Potassium Nitrate values to Nitrate Nitrogen for you. General recommendations for feeding nitrates are outlined in the table below. If you have an ingredient that is high in nitrate nitrogen, please contact one of our consultants to discuss how to safely incorporate the ingredient into your rations.
 
Lab Result, DM basis
Analysis Type (please select)
Unit (please select)
Nitrate Nitrogen (NO3-N), ppm #VALUE
 
Nitrate Nitrogen (NO3-N) Level, ppm General Recommendations
<1,000 Safe, non-toxic level
1,000-2,100 Safe for non-pregnant animals. Adapt pregnant animals slowly or dilute the high nitrate feed with a low nitrate feed.
2,100-3,390 Limit to less than 50% of the ration DM. Do not feed undiluted to pregnant animals.
>3,390 Limit to less than 25% of the ration DM. Do not feed undiluted to pregnant animals .
Adapted from Rasby, R.J., B. Anderson, and P.J. Kononoff. 2014. Nitrates in Livestock Feeding NebGuide G1779.
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