Prussic acid can kill livestock

Sep 13, 2004
With all the recent cold weather and frost in the northern Corn Belt, a possibility exists that the forage sorghums will accumulate toxic amounts of prussic acid. Prussic acid is the same as hydrocyanic acid (HCN), or cyanide, which is poisonous. All forage sorghums, sorghum-sudan hybrids, and sudangrass can produce prussic acid through a process called cyanogenesis. Prussic acid is toxic in livestock and death can occur within 20 minutes ...

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