Hot and dry cornfield conditions are breeding grounds for dangerous aspergillus ear and kernel mold that produces aflatoxins. This toxin is a carcinogen, can harm livestock and can lead to rejection at the elevator.
Flies are more than just an annoyance for calves in warm weather. High fly populations also can spread diseases among calves; cause stress and reduced immunity; and negatively impact growth and weight gain.
One lesson COVID-19 has taught our country is agriculture is essential. “We can't replace people getting up and doing the chores," says Dan Thomson, chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University.