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How Are Sugars and Starch Measured in Hay?

There are multiple numbers on your forage analysis report that are related to sugar and starch concentrations in your hay sample. In this newsletter, we will cover sugar and starch measurements, water soluble carbohydrates (WSC), ethanol soluble carbohydrates (ESC), starch, and non-fiber carbohydrates (NFC) and the ranges we have seen in samples analyzed by our lab over the last 10 years.