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Tifton 85 linked to cyanide poisoning




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Wilson County News
July 3, 2012 | 1,590 views | 3 comments

A case involving the death of 15 of 18 rodeo calves in Bastrop County has farmers and ranchers concerned. Reports about the cause of the deaths have ranged from unknown to GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) to Tifton 85.

Tifton 85 -- a variety of Bermuda grass -- has been used since 1992, and is listed “as the most commonly planted Bermuda grass in Texas,” according to Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist.

According to a June 26 Texas AgriLife Extension Service press release, “Results of analyses of rumen contents and fresh forage from the field in question by the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, an agency that is part of the Texas A&M University System, indicated potential prussic acid toxicity,” said Dr. Tom Hairgrove, AgriLife Extension animal health specialist, “and at this time there are no other known reported cases of prussic acid toxicity on Tifton 85 Bermuda grass.”

Since this is the first case ever of Tifton 85 being found with prussic acid, the Wilson County News interviewed a local veterinarian and the county Extension office for more about this rare case. See story here: http://www.wilsoncountynews.com/article.php?id=44299
 

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Elaine K.  
Floresville  
July 4, 2012 3:07pm
 

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 4, 2012 2:29pm
 
I thought that Tifton 85 was a hybrid cross between two types of Bermuda grass. Where did this GM designation come from ?

 
Patriots needed  
La Vernia  
July 4, 2012 11:51am
 
So, I suppose the result of the interview will be made public soon. With some research, I am confident that the facts will be found. The "sky is falling" syndrome comes about way too fast in blaming Tifton 85, cyanide ... More ›

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