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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Fructan levels

Dr. Getty: How do I know when the fructan levels in the grass rise beyond a healthy level? Is it related to the air temperature? And are some types of pasture grasses likely to have higher fructan levels than others?

Where are you from? Weatherford TX

How did you locate this forum? Equine DDS gave me TAEDAP website

Re: Fructan levels

Hi Pam,

Fructan levels are at their highest during the late afternoon/early evening hours. This is because fructan is produced during the daylight hours when the plant is exposed to UV light. During the dark hours, the plant consumes the sugar for energy, so the levels are at their lowest at daybreak and early morning.

Stressed grasses, due to excessive cutting, or drought, can also be high in fructan levels. But, all grasses contain varying levels based on hours of sunlight and stress to the plant.

Thanks for writing!

Dr. Getty