USDA report shows effects of wet weather on grain quality and planting

The U.S. Midwest has faced heavy rain and snow this spring, leading to massive amounts of flooding and drenched fields. Planting of some major crops has been delayed, and worries are elevated about grain quality in the face of numerous challenges.

Winter wheat

About 9% of winter wheat was in the headed stage as of […]

‘Rain, rain, go away’ say farmers

We typically think of rain as being good for plants, but as with anything, timing is key.

Too much springtime rain can force farmers to delay planting schedules by several weeks. This is currently the case for farmers in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest regions of the United States, where a rainy yet […]

Seeing the light: Tricking plants into growing

For plants to grow, they need three things: a place to grow and water and sun to nourish them. Without one of these three, the plant could suffer and, eventually, die.

But what if we could change all that? That’s the questions that researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison tried to answer—and the answer could […]

Monday Mycotoxin Report, June 16

Our second Monday Mycotoxin Report of the season is now live and available for viewing. This report covers plant progress and any reports of mycotoxins across the United States.

Start the day off right with the Monday links

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

Food safety

New study by USDA, FDA aims to enhance food safety in retail delis (Risk assessment targets Listeria monocytogenes) – USDA FSIS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection […]

USDA report: High percentage of corn and soybean crop planted

It was a race to beat the rain last week, as U.S. farmers worked to get corn and soybeans planted.

And they definitely worked – as of Monday, about 71 percent of the U.S. corn crop was planted. This is up from just 32 percent at the same time last year. About 24 percent of […]