Dry conditions spell trouble for some U.S corn crop

Corn stalks on several farms from Nebraska to Ohio are yellowing and the leaves are starting to shrivel as a dry spell in parts of the mid and central U.S. is taking its toll on crops throughout the region.

One Illinois farmer described the ground as “concrete” and said his 8,000 acre farm will be […]

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Animal Science

Could Feeding Livestock Hemp, Contaminate Food with Cannabis? – The Pig Site European scientists and food safety experts have called for more research and information on the risks to consumers of […]

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Animal Science

Researchers Study Horses’ Fearfulness and Learning Ability –The Horse Researchers know that a horse’s personality traits can explain some of the differences we see in horses’ behavior and learning. […]

Heavy fall snowfall causing concern in northern U.S. corn harvest

Farmers in the Midwest are already dealing with the first snowfall of the season which is causing concern in some states including South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and upper Michigan where the corn crop still remains to be fully harvested.

According to a recent report from the Associated Press (AP), 11 inches of snow has already […]

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Agriculture

Why Farmers Aren’t Cheering This Year’s Monster Harvest – National Public Radio U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. […]

Grain storage bags raise mycotoxin concerns

With corn harvest now underway, several factors including low crop prices and a shortage of storage space, are contributing to more and more farmers turning to polyethylene bags, or “bag silos,” as a crop storage solution instead of traditional storage bins and silos.

While these bags, which are also being used for soybeans and wheat, […]

Monitoring for mycotoxin-producing molds vital

With the harvest underway, it’s important to keep a watchful eye out for mycotoxin-producing molds.

These species include Aspergillus flavus, which causes Aspergillus ear rot and produces the carcinogenic toxin aflatoxin, as well as species of Fusarium molds. These toxins can lead to production losses as grain may be rejected, as well as leading to […]

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Food safety

OMB reports asks Congress to avoid sequestration – Food Safety News

With potentially massive budget cuts looming across the board, including food regulatory agencies, the White House Office of […]

Drought links: Food prices projected to increase, economic impacts growing

July 24, 2012 Drought MonitorCourtesy of http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Food prices are expected to jump in 2013 following this summer’s drought.

The increase – expected to be 3 to 4 percent in 2013 on top of a projected 3.5 percent for this year – follows additional impacts from the drought, including an estimated $12 billion in […]

Drought could lead to increased levels of aflatoxin

This summer’s drought has devastated much of what was supposed to be a record corn crop for the U.S.

But it’s not just heat and lack of water that can cause problems for corn farmers; the recent high temperatures and dry conditions also can lead to the growth of certain types of aflatoxin-producing fungus.

Aflatoxin, […]