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Sunday...Temperatures will range from a high of 60 to a low of 43 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 7 and 17 miles per hour from the northnorthwest. Less than 1 tenth inch of rain is possible.
This Afternoon ...Temperatures will range from 60 to 57 degrees with mostly clear skies. Winds will range between 13 and 17 miles per hour from the north. No precipitation is expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 55 to 47 degrees with clear skies. Winds will range between 7 and 11 miles per hour from the north. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 46 to 44 degrees with clear skies. Winds will remain steady around 7 miles per hour from the northwest. No precipitation is expected.
Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 67 to a low of 43 degrees with clear skies. Winds will range between 7 and 13 miles per hour from the west. No precipitation is expected.

Farmers urged to check pastures for presence of ergot

Aug. 8, 2013 | 0 comments

Farmers with animals in pasture should check for their grass forages for the presence of ergot which can be toxic to cattle, sheep, swine and horses.

"Recent reports of ergot are not unexpected with the cool, wet spring we had," said Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin-Extension forage agronomist.

Ergot is a fungal disease that affects wild and cultivated grasses, as well as small grain crops such as wheat, oats, barley and especially rye. It produces a toxin that reduces blood flow in humans, cattle, sheep, swine and horses.

"The effect of ergot is cumulative," Undersander said. "Poisoning may develop slowly if lesser quantities are eaten regularly."

In animals such as cattle the first symptom of the alkaloid is lameness, two to four weeks after exposure, as a result of the reduced blood flow to extremities.

The reduced blood flow will eventually lead to complete blockage of blood vessels with terminal necrosis of the extremities such as hooves and ears.

If ergot occurs in small grains, modern cleaning equipment may assist in removing sclerotia from grain. However, if sclerotia are broken or are the same size as the grain itself, removal might be difficult and costly.

Often, attempted removal of sclerotia from grain will still result in levels above marketable thresholds. Tolerances for ergot sclerotia in harvested grain can be as low as 0.05 percent by weight.

The fungus only appears in seed heads and is present this year due to late pasture and hayfield harvesting because of wet conditions.

Infected grass crops should be harvested to remove fungus infected seedheads and destroyed, not fed to animals or grazed. All infected hay should be destroyed and should not be used for animal bedding.

For more information about ergot please contact the local county UW-Extension agriculture agent.

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