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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Texas having self-sized problem with rats

While not yet a rat-pocalypse, favorable weather conditions have helped create a spike in rat numbers in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, and other areas of Texas.

“We’ve really got a rat explosion,” said Cliff Moore, owner of DFW-based Animal Services Inc, as quoted in the Dallas Observer. “It’s throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, the whole […]

Severe drought continues in California

Recent heavy thunderstorms have done little to alleviate the severe drought conditions throughout almost all of California.

According the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, “severe” drought covers 99.8% of California. In May, 100% of the state was in “severe” drought.

The LA Times reports that a “series of thunderstorms that have hit California […]

Life, liberty and the pursuit of pet safety

Every Fourth of July, my family and I drag seats into our backyard on Lake Huron of the Great Lakes, open several bags of popcorn and enjoy the show. In any direction you look, colorful fireworks shoot up into the air, lanterns float in the sky and neighbors are enjoying a bonfire. It’s a beautiful […]

Farmers on alert for worldwide drought, flood risk

[ SPANISH ] Not everyone is happy with the steadily increasing temperatures after a brutal winter. In fact, the rising temperatures can mean anything but good news, according to a report issued from Australia.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has recently cited temperature anomalies in the Pacific Ocean, saying that the surface is growing increasingly warm, […]

Keeping livestock safe in cold temperatures

Even as the polar vortex loosens its grip on a major part of the U.S., it’s still important to ensure livestock have what they need to stay warm and healthy in winter weather.

One of the most important parts of protecting livestock is ensuring they have the proper shelter and somewhere to get out of […]

Keep pets safe from the cold

With another massive snowstorm moving its way across parts of the U.S., it’s important to take a moment to consider animal safety.

Like humans, cold weather can be extremely dangerous to pets. Here are a few tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for keeping your furry friends healthy, happy and safe during […]

Storm has little effect on drought

Courtesy of USDA.

Despite a large pre-Thanksgiving storm that swept over much of the U.S., the drought still is hanging on.

Although the storm helped alleviate the drought in some areas of the Eastern U.S., overall the change in drought conditions was negligible, according to the Dec. 3 U.S. Drought Monitor report. Rains in […]

Wet weather delays planting

With heavy rains and flooding hitting much of the Midwest, this year is shaping up to be the opposite of last year for some areas of the U.S.

Last year’s drought was the worst in years, devastating crops and forcing livestock producers to cull their herds as pastures dried up and feed prices skyrocketed. Its […]

Safety tips: Food, water and flooding

With severe flooding across much of the Midwest, ensuring safety and public health is of the utmost importance.

This includes making sure food is safe before being consumed, along with water. Bacteria levels can spike after a flooding event, as public health officials in Grand Rapids, Mich. have noted. They expect to find elevated levels […]