Farmers Beware Of Ergot In Fields

ethanolfuelMissouri Farmers and Ranchers are being urged to monitor their livestock after a reported fungus was spotted in a field. According to the University of Missouri Extension office, Ergot, a fungus that is deadly for cattle, was spotted in several area hayfields and pastures recently. Sarah Kenyon with the Extension office says farmers should take notice and if they see any Ergot, to move cattle to a different non-affected field immediately. Ergot is a fungus that affects seed heads of cereal grain like wheat, rye, barley and oat. At this time the department of agriculture is not reporting any deaths related to the ergot.

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