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John A (TX) Come in John

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10-05-2004 06:57:38

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Read an article in the Talk forum about Dallis grass fungus infecting some yearlings.

Where at TAMU can I find out about that and possible causes of both the fungus and the susceptibility of cattle to it.

I checked my "TAMU ag reserach book at Renner" and althought it discussed Dallis, it said nothing about fungus.

How's the 601 a runnin?



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John A (TX)

10-05-2004 22:13:37

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 Re: John A (TX) Come in John in reply to txblu, 10-05-2004 06:57:38  
Howdy, Mark

Sounds like what you're talking about is a fungus called "ergot", also found in Bahia grass.

Here's what I found on ergot on one of the TAMU websites (cited below):
"The disease affects production of grasses very little, but it does have serious consequences on livestock that feed on diseased grass. When ergot is consumed in quantities too small to manifest pronounced symptoms of ergotism, it affects the general health and vigor of the animals. When ergot is consumed in considerably larger quantities over a long period, ergot results in either spasmodic or gangrenous ergotism. In the latter phase of the disease, hoofs, tips of ears, and tips of tail may slough, teeth may drop out, and hair may shed excessively prior to death. There is no effective control on host plants. The following will help to avoid losses of livestock due to ergotism: Employ a crop rotation where none of the host plants follow each other. Do not plant ergot-infested seed. When ergot appears in pastures, either clip the heads or wait until the grass matures and the sclerotia have fallen to the ground before using it for grazing purposes. Mowing borders and fence rows before heading will help eliminate secondary infestation. The disease is sometimes worse in these areas. Do not harvest ergotized crops for hay. Removal of sclerotia from ergotized cereal or grain prior to feeding it, is essential to avoid the ergot disease of livestock. To make ergotized grains safe for feeding, the sclerotia should be removed by the brine sedimentation process. By this method, the ergotized grain should be placed in a vat of salt solution (4 pounds in 25 gallons of water). When the grain is stirred, the sclerotia rise to the surface and can be skimmed off. Destroy screenings and skimmings. Grain treated by this method should be dried before storing." (Source: http://plantpathology.tamu.edu/Texlab/Forage/grasses.html)

So, yep, can be bad news. The disease, according to the above article, can infect both dallisgrass and bahia. I'll check with some folks tomorrow & post back anything new I can find. I've got a bunch of bahia & sure don't like it much. Decent for grazing (assuming it isn't infected!) but lousy for hay. Just about the time the protein maxes out, the dad-blamed seedheads sprout & it gets to be a mess.

601 running okey-dokey. Saw a MF 50 on a used car lot the other day, though, that caught my eye. I'm fighting the urge to stop & look it over. :-)

Try to get more info for you tomorrow.

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Steve (Magnolia, TX)

10-06-2004 07:24:30

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 Re: John A (TX) Come in John in reply to John A (TX), 10-05-2004 22:13:37  
Hey, John...

J&L Ag Equipment's auction is this Saturday, 10AM.
I'm planning on going... maybe hit the Waffle House around 8:30-8:45, first?


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John A (TX)

10-06-2004 08:48:57

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 Re: John A (TX) Come in John in reply to Steve (Magnolia, TX), 10-06-2004 07:24:30  
Thanks for the invite, Steve. I"d sure like to go - especially since I missed the last one - but this weekend is "Homecoming" here in Bryan, with a dance Sat. night. And I have a 16 yr old daughter with a list of "daddy do"s". Nuff said?

I just checked with J&L and the next auction probably won"t be until around Jan. Guessed I"ve just missed the boat until then.

Thanks again, though.

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Steve (Magnolia, TX)

10-06-2004 10:09:07

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 Re: John A (TX) Come in John in reply to John A (TX), 10-06-2004 08:48:57  
I know where you"re coming from (on the homecoming issue)... my oldest will be 15 in May...

Ya, J&L is laying off the auctions, after this one, "til January 8th...

Hope to see you in January, then...


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10-06-2004 06:32:56

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 Re: John A (TX) Come in John in reply to John A (TX), 10-05-2004 22:13:37  
On the MF 50........Why are you fighting it? You know as well as I do that one never has enough tractors. It's just money; can't take it with you and the kids probably won't appreciate it......they didn't earn it.

On the fungus, thanks for the answer. We've had Dallis around here for as long as I've been here and been lucky I guess as I had never heard of Ergot. I resurrected some 25 plus years of no steel pasture last fall and this year I'm noticing some Bahia showing up. Agree with you on it being sorry for hay; all stem and no leaves.

Nice talking with you again and don't be bashful; money spent is money spent. Then you have the tractor to enjoy for as long as you want. MF's are good machines. Had the TO-20 and have the MF 35D. Very nice.



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