Elevated DON risks a problem for pig farms

Thanks to a period of wet and snowy weather parts of the U.S. and Canada, experts are advising operations that handle corn or feed ingredients to be cautious of mycotoxins going forward.

Of particular concern is deoxynivalenol, or DON. This mycotoxin is produced by a mold that flourishes in wet conditions and is a major […]

Snow stalls corn harvest in some U.S. states

Neogen’s regular Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Reports may have wrapped up for the year (except for our Capstone Report — stay tuned), but we wanted to sneak in another update for the 2018 harvest season.

Overall corn harvest in the U.S. and Canada is about 94% complete, just two points behind the five-year average. States […]

High levels of mycotoxins detected in U.S. grains

By all accounts, much of the U.S. is closing its 2018 harvest season with a high risk for mycotoxin development in grains thanks to wet weather over the past few weeks and months.

Not only have these issues caused concern for harvest timing, prompting delays due to moisture, but the increased risk of mold growth […]

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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Did mycotoxins cause the Salem witch trials?

It’s funny how a bit of drama from over 300 years ago can remain a hot topic centuries later.

If you grew up in the U.S., you probably learned about the Salem witch trials of 1692, when over 200 people around the colonial Massachusetts town of Salem were accused of witchcraft and 19 were hanged.

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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 […]

When mycotoxins contaminate feed: What is oxidative stress?

When mycotoxins contaminate animal feed, the effects on livestock can be serious. Some mycotoxins, like aflatoxin, are carcinogenic. Others can impact the immune system or the blood, damage organs, cause miscarriages and provoke severe vomiting, among many other effects.

Some of these effects are linked to oxidative stress, which happens when unstable atoms damage living […]

Trace minerals may help aflatoxin-exposed cows

Aflatoxin, a naturally occurring toxin created by mold growth on crops, is one of the most troublesome mycotoxins in the world. Its presence above safe levels in human food and animal feed is harmful to the health of those who consume it, and may be responsible for staggeringly high liver cancer rates in many African […]

European Food Safety Authority outlines increased mycotoxin risk in parts of Europe

What do molds and fungi need to grow? Moisture and warmth.

As the climates of significant parts of our planet become increasingly hot and wet, experts are advising that we’ll see changes in the development of the molds that harm agriculture in those areas.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reported that the gradual […]

Wild weather could cause a wide range of crop outcomes in the U.S.

Crop conditions for the U.S. during the month of July “read like an agricultural version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” according to DTN, with weather that is too hot, too wet and occasionally, just right.

According to DTN’s report, in much of the Midwest and the eastern-central Corn Belt, all has been well for […]