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Maintaining Quality in On-Farm Stored Grain

Maintaining Quality in On-Farm Stored Grain

Industry concerns over grain quality, along with increased production of specialty, identity-preserved and food-grade crops, have placed increased focus on grain quality and storage issues. Most damage that occurs during storage is caused by molds and insects. Grain spoilage occurs as microorganisms feed on the nutrients in the grain. As they grow and develop, these microorganisms produce heat, which increases the temperature of the surrounding grain. This heating may result in hot spots. If the temperature and moisture in the grain are just right, the major mold species Apergillus, Fusarium and Pencillum may produce mycotoxins such as aflatoxin, fumonisin, DON...

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Giving Your Chickens a Dust Bath

Giving Your Chickens a Dust Bath

A dust bath is more than a fun game or occasional entertainment for your chickens – it is an essential part of grooming to keep the birds' skin and feathers in peak condition and free of mites, fleas, lice and other parasites. Fortunately, it is not difficult to give your chickens a dust bath to help keep your flock clean and healthy. Defining Dust The dust your chickens will appreciate most is far different from the lightweight, omnipresent household dust you may always be cleaning. For chickens, the very best dust is fine, dry, powdery dirt that will absorb oil...

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Tips On Fly Control For Your Cattle

Tips On Fly Control For Your Cattle

Every year spring brings new beginnings. The sun shines, livestock begin to breed, and the grass begins to turn green again. With all that beauty also comes some disadvantages. The one disadvantage you should be aware of is fly season.  Flies can torment your cattle and drain profits in pastures all over the nation by causing them to lose weight and not produce milk.  The reason why flies surround and invade cattle so much is because the manure cattle leave behind is a prime breeding ground for flies to lay eggs. During the summer months, this will only create a...

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Tomato Issues

Tomato Issues

The Farmers Exchange Community has kept us busy the past week with common tomato issues here in north Georgia this time of year.  Here are a couple of the most common issues we have been seeing this past week.   Issue #1 ... Tomato Hornworm  Hornworms are the some of the largest caterpillars and measure up to 4" long.  While tomatoes are their favorite host, they may also be found on potatoes, eggplants, peppers, and some weeds including horsenettle and nightshade.  Hornworms start to feed on the leaves on the upper part of the plant and can destroy several leaves as...

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Dealing With Colic in Horses

Dealing With Colic in Horses

Colic can be a tricky condition in horses, difficult to diagnose and effectively treat. With care, however, most horses do recover completely, and knowing how to deal with colic in horses can help you stay alert to your equine friend’s health. The better you understand colic, the more comfortable you can keep your horse during a painful bout and the better you can minimize the animal’s risk of another incident. What Is Colic? Colic is a relatively general term used to refer to abdominal pain. In horses, this pain may originate from various sources, including the stomach, intestines, or liver,...

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