Wild harvest weather leaves U.S. farmers worried about mycotoxins

The 2018 harvest has proven to be a challenging one for some American farmers, reports Wisconsin State Farmer, as cold temperatures, winds and even bouts of rain and snow have hampered work.

Now that the ground has dried up a bit, agriculture authorities are noting that grain damaged by earlier weather could present mycotoxin risks.

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Aflatoxin reports highlight need for careful grain storage

Much of the U.S. and Europe have experienced drought and high temperatures this crop season, and now we’re seeing the effects of that in mycotoxin development.

Reports are rolling in of the carcinogenic mycotoxin aflatoxin, which is naturally created by Aspergillus, a fungus that thrives in drought conditions.

“Aflatoxin has showed its dirty face,” Oklahoma […]

How to store grain and reduce mycotoxin risks

Now that it’s April, farmers in the Northern Hemisphere are shaking off the dregs of winter and preparing for a busy spring. And with the planting, growing and harvesting seasons come the concern for mycotoxins.

Mycotoxins are nasty toxins produced by the mold growing on a wide variety of agricultural crops. When consumed by humans […]

DON outbreak highlights storage concerns for grain

DON: it’s nasty, it’s dangerous and it’s being currently found in high levels in stored grain around the Corn Belt region of the United States.

DON — a.k.a., vomitoxin — is a mycotoxin created by Fusarium molds, especially F. graminearum. When consumed, it can cause nausea, vomiting (hence the nickname), gastroenteritis, diarrhea, immunosuppression and even […]

Monday links

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Poultry Farm Sets up Lasers to Guard its Organic Hens from Bird Flu — The Poultry Site An organic egg farm in England has set up a novel method of protecting […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal safety, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Wisconsin’s dairy cows get edge on their bovine sisters in California – The Chippewa Herald Some studies say that happy cows produce more milk and California has claimed for years that […]

Farmers: check the condition of stored grain

Farmers may need to institute a system of monitoring their stored grain products. Grain from the previous season that remains in storage for the spring months could be at risk for mold, mycotoxins and insect damage, depending on the storage conditions.

Agricultural engineers from Purdue Extension say grain that was stored at moisture levels of […]