Global feed surpasses one billion metric tons

The results are in: Around the globe, feed tonnage has exceeded one billion metric tons for the second year in a row, says the 2018 Alltech Global Feed Survey.

The total amount of feed produced in 2017? Approximately 1.07 billion metric tons — a 2.57% increase from the previous year. This contributes to a 13% […]

Appropriate grain storage important to maintain quality

Proper grain storage is crucial for preventing mold growth during the winter, which can decrease grain quality and potentially lead to the production of mycotoxins.

Storage problems could be compounded by a corn crop of inconsistent quality, caused in part by a wet, cool spring in some areas followed by high temperatures, according to Charles […]

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 […]

Mycotoxins in focus: Deoxynivalenol

As summer moves toward fall, several states in the U.S. are reporting confirmed cases of a mycotoxin that affect grain commodities such as wheat.

The majority of the deoxynivalenol (DON, or vomitoxin) reports are centered in the Eastern U.S. and Midwest, according to Neogen’s latest mycotoxin report. Reports are the highest in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa […]

Cattle deaths linked to toxin-producing fungi

Courtesy of MU Extension.

A fungus that produces a lethal toxin (and may have ties to the Salem witch trials), has cropped up in pastures in the U.S. corn belt.

Ergot, which can be fatal to humans and animals, already has led to cattle deaths in Missouri. The fungus affects many types of crops, […]