Dryer weather has finally allowed farmers to get in the fields for the corn harvest. But they must beware the crop’s mold. Grant County Ag and Farm Management Agent Ted Bay says the mold can increase the possibility of someone contracting the ailment known as Farmer’s lung.
Bay says many farmers already have some degree of lung injury. They should contact their doctors for special protection while working on the crops, at minimum a protective mask. He says it’s known that farmers lung is caused by mold, and the more you breathe it in, the great the risk of coming down with the disease.
The agriculture expert says you should take precautions whether you’re combining corn, drying it down, or working in a grain bin.
Contributed by Doug Wagen-WGLR