Could oats hold the answer the Corn Belt is looking for?

oatsBefore corn and soybeans almost completely covered Iowa’s landscape, most Corn Belt farmers also grew oats or alfalfa. As pressure to produce the most profitable crops grew each year, however, many farmers decided to forgo oats and alfalfa and ended up sticking with a strictly corn and soybean rotation year after year.

While this has presented the opportunity for the most profit, a strict corn-soybean rotation is hard on the soil, and in many fields has led to persistent weeds and pests. [ More … ]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report — August 22, 2016

Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report for August 22, 2016 is now available. Each week, we are happy to present a new report, sharing data and statistics from the agriculture industry. This week’s video also features a tech tip from Neogen’s Tony Lupo. To watch, click on the video below.

Monday links

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Agriculture

Potential of CRISPR-Cas for agriculture – Morning Ag Clips
Researchers are reporting the results of scientific studies demonstrating the potential of CRISPR-Cas as an advanced plant breeding technology to increase the productivity and sustainability of agricultural products. [ More … ]

As EpiPen prices soar, food allergy sufferers search for alternatives

Allergenic food isolated on whiteAs parents of children with food allergies begin gearing up for the start of school, many have faced a harsh reality as the price for the potentially lifesaving EpiPen has skyrocketed over the past few years.

EpiPens are spring-loaded syringes filled with epinephrine and are widely carried by people with life-threatening allergies. Over 3.6 million prescriptions for EpiPen kits were written last year, and another half-million for other similar products, a recent article states. [ More … ]

Learn more about T-2/HT-2 with this infographic

As Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Reports continue, we wanted to take some time and explain what exactly mycotoxins are, what commodities they typically infect, and how various kinds differ from one another. While this infographic on T-2/HT-2 concludes our series, you can revisit all our mycotoxin infographics by clicking here.

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Hop growers raise their glass to the craft beer industry

friends clinking glasses in pub

Take a look at the taps lining the wall at your neighborhood tavern, or a stroll down the beer aisle at your local liquor store and your senses will most likely be overwhelmed. The thirst for craft beer has exploded in recent years bringing with it a seemingly endless amount of available beer choices.

However, it’s not just a beer drinker’s paradise. Hop growers are also reaping the benefits as the demand for small-batch brews has helped growers boost their revenues, expand their operations, and, in some cases, save their farms. [ More … ]

Tox Tuesday: Carfentanil

Drug Syringe And Cooked HeroinTypically used to sedate elephants and other extremely large animals, carfentanil is one of the latest and most deadly opioids suspected in a new rash of overdoses around the country. Recent reports have also found the drug mixed with or disguised as heroin, and seized in several states including Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Formerly known under the commercial name wildnil, carfentanil is described as an analog of the synthetic opioid analgesic fentanyl, and was first synthesized in the early 1970s for rapid immobilization and chemical capture of wildlife and exotic animals for examination, assessment, and procedures. [ More … ]

Monday links

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Animal Science

Ohio and Michigan report H3N2v ‘swine flu’ infections linked to pigs at fairs – Outbreak News
The four human infections were caused by H3N2v viruses in Ohio (2) and Michigan (2). All four patients reported attending fairs where they had exposure to pigs during the week preceding illness onset. [ More … ]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report — August 15, 2016

Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report for August 15, 2016 is now available. Each week, we are happy to present a new report, sharing data and statistics from the agriculture industry. This week’s video also features a commodities report from Richard Brock of Brock Associates. To watch, click on the video below.

Olympic horses give new meaning to traveling in style

Three HorsesThe 2016 Olympic Games are now well underway and it’s not only the athletes who have converged on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Some very well-traveled horses are making the trip as well.

According to the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) — the world’s governing body for horse sport, a special cargo plane left London Stanstead Airport on July 29, carrying the first group of Olympic equine athletes and their horses. [ More … ]