Disease management is a lot like the battle of Gettysburg

In Southeast Farm Press

by Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia

As my family and I drove on a mid-July morning, passing field after field of peanuts, I said this time of the season reminded me of the Battle of Gettysburg. One child slumped in his chair and became more intent on his computer game. The other exclaimed softly, “Oh-my-gosh…..” and steeled herself for the analogy to follow.

The Battle of Gettysburg was fought between July 1 and 3 in 1863.  Though the Civil War raged for almost another two years, the die was cast for the Confederacy at Gettysburg.  On April 9, 1865, General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Courthouse and the war was mercifully over.  At this point I heard a prolonged sigh and an exasperated question from the back of the truck, “What has THAT got to do with peanuts??”

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Missouri farmers troubled by diseased wheat

In Delta Farm Press

by Jason Vance, University of Missouri Extension

This year’s record-breaking rain and continued wet weather led to serious problems in Missouri wheat fields. Farmers have had a tough time harvesting the wheat crop, and now disease is making it hard or even impossible to sell, says Pat Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri.

The Wheat Belt has been hit by vomitoxin, a common name for the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol. The Food and Drug Administration has restricted the concentration to 1 part per million for human food products. In higher concentrations, vomitoxin causes feed refusal and poor weight gain in some livestock. Much of the affected wheat has levels high enough that grain elevators won’t accept it.

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