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Deadly Seed Heads
Victoria G. Myers Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:00 AM CDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (DTN) -- A rare fungus, five times more deadly than fescue toxicosis, is showing up in pastures throughout the southern Corn Belt. Cattlemen are being warned to watch for ergot and to move cattle and horses out of infected pastures immediately.

"I've seen it in every field and in every grass species," said Dr. Craig Roberts, professor of plant science with the University of Missouri Extension, and the state's forage specialist. "This stuff is very, very toxic. The reason we don't see it more often is that pastures are generally clipped before the seed heads form, but this ...

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