ISU Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell and ISU Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers say the climate this summer has produced a favorable environment for Ergot fungus to infect seed heads of many forage gr
Get out in your fields prior to harvesting hay and scout for deadly ergot.
Ergot (Claviceps purpurea) is an airborne fungus that affects grass seed heads.
Oats, brome, and fescue are just some of the plant species vulnerable to ergot infection.
Arkansas’ rainy summer has been a boon for Dallisgrass, but with that bounty comes a higher danger that grazing cattle can be poisoned by a fungus that’s common to that type of grass.
Be on the lookout for parasites this year.
Dilution of fescue pastures by interseeding novel fescue is one way to solve the problem of toxic summer pastures.
This year has been a wet one and that has made growing quality forage a bit of a challenge.