PEDV down for summer but prepare for fall

The number of PEDV cases in pigs this summer was expected to go down and Dr. Paul Sundberg, veterinarian with the National Pork Board, says it did… “It did act as we expected and the number of new infections over the summer, thankfully, decreased dramatically. So, that’s a good thing.” Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus prefers… Read more »

A closer look at irrigating manure

The use of irrigation equipment for spreading manure is gaining popularity.  Center pivots and travelling guns can go in a field that is too wet for tankers, there is no need to run heavy tankers repeatedly over rural roads and it usually is more cost-efficient. However, there are objections to the practice, the biggest being… Read more »

Selecting for next year

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As the combines get ready to roll on this year’s corn crop comes time to make decisions for next year’s seed.  Plant geneticist Rick Batty with Renk says given the weather extremes of the last three years…the decision is actually quite easy.  

Sudden Death Syndrome an issue this year

Early planting and wet weather in the growing season have contributed to Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and other fungal diseases in soybeans in the Midwest.  Carl Bradley, plant pathologist with the University of Illinois, says there’s little a farmer can do once it’s present…and yield loss will vary. “It really just kind of depends on… Read more »

Zoetis to seek approval for PEDV vaccine

An official with animal health company Zoetis says the company is seeking U.S. approval before the end of this year for a PEDv vaccine. There is only one other vaccine to help prevent Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in pigs – by Harrisvaccines, which was granted conditional approval from the USDA for its vaccine in June…. Read more »

Southern corn rust found in Nebraska

Southern corn rust has been confirmed in southeast Nebraska. The corn disease was found in a sample taken from Otoe County.  University of Nebraska specialists say the disease is moving into the state from the southern U.S., where it is fairly widespread. Meanwhile, Iowa State University agronomist Clarke McGrath says he has yet to see southern… Read more »

Some Phytophthora showing up in Wisconsin soybeans

The wet spring this year has led to some Phytophthora root and stem rot in Wisconsin soybeans this year.  University of Wisconsin Field Crops Pathologist Damon Smith says samples taken from June 6th to July 16th found the pathogen in soybean fields in 15 counties.  That does not mean the disease will flourish but he says… Read more »

USDA implements new poultry inspection system

USDA is implementing that New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) for processors.  Food Safety and Inspection Service will now require that all poultry companies take measures to prevent Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination, rather than addressing contamination after it occurs. All poultry facilities will be required to perform their own microbiological testing at two points in their… Read more »

The PEDv impact

Rabobank recently released its quarterly hog report and the numbers show just how big of an impact the PED virus is having.  Will Sawyer is Vice President; Animal Protein, Food and Agribusiness Research for Rabobank, he says we have not yet seen the bottom. AUDIO: Sawyer talks about the impact 3:27 mp3

U.W. Madison’s Shaver recognized for dairy research

Dr. Randy Shaver of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been awarded the American Dairy Science Association Nutrition Research Award for his professional achievements. The award was established in 1948 to promote and stimulate research in dairy cattle nutrition and is jointly sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association and ADSA. A native of Pennsylvania, Shaver… Read more »