Mold showing up in the corn
By DAVE DUGAN
Recently I have been told by local farmers that some of the early harvest of this year’s corn crop has more issues.
Some mold is showing up in the harvested corn and has been rejected when it is taken to be sold. When this happens the next question is what to do next with the corn, or what can be done with it.
Recently there was an article that addresses options for feeding this corn to livestock. It will need to be tested and then blended in most cases.
The article was one of many that have appeared in the daily Beef Blog that I forward onto beef producers that want to read up to date information.
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The article that I referred to addresses the limitations for feeding. This is a portion of that article including the levels for specific livestock. Livestock are usually the market for mycotoxin-infected commodities, he added.
“Livestock can tolerate some level of mycotoxin, but levels above legal limits can cause problems in livestock. Reduced performance, immunosuppression, liver damage, and in extreme cases even death can be the result of feeding high levels of aflatoxin,” Meteer said.
Making good use of old tires
Farmers are always looking for ways to make things work with what they have. Farmers are also looking for ways to cut costs in their operation. With that said, many things have been developed for on farm use. If you have not seen this before, you sure could have seen some great ideas that have been developed this way over the years at the Farm Science Review.
So, as we are always looking for the next good idea, we may have an opportunity to double dip. We can kill two birds with one stone with this one. The solid waste landfill is something that we all need to be aware of, too. Ways to reduce the amount of waste is a good thing, so if we can save money, make something work better and reduce the amount of waste are all worth looking at.
From time to time we need to replace tires on tractors and other farm equipment. Those used tires have to go somewhere. For years I have seen the rear tractor tires used in landscaping for flower beds. Here is an idea for another use of those used tires that may help solve another problem.
How many of you have the mineral feeders that have a plastic bottom with three sections and a rubber cover to protect the mineral from the weather? If you have one or more of these you may have the problem of finding it from time to time. The feeders that I have seen come with three holes near the base, but keeping it secure can be an issue. You may need to measure the base of your feeder to find the correct size tire. Most are in the 28 to 30 inch range that I have seen used. I can’t take credit, but I have sure used tires to mount these mineral feeders. Someone shared the idea with me and I only have one of these that is not mounted to a tractor tire. I had to go find it recently when the cattle pushed it down into the creek. The feeders mounted to tires stay put even in a bull lot.
So, save a headache of looking for the feeder while saving space in our landfills. It even makes it a little easier to put the mineral into the feeder as it sets about a foot or more off the ground.
(David Dugan is Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources Ohio Valley Extension Education Research Area Adams/Brown/Highland Counties.)