December 7, 2016 - In This Issue:

U.S. Drought Monitor

By the end of the week, a large upper-level trough and its associated surface low and front were bringing cooler temperatures and much-needed precipitation to many drought areas. D1-D3 were pulled back from Arkansas and Louisiana to Indiana and Ohio. The Ohio State Climate Office has noted that low farm ponds have been reported across Adams County and the surrounding general area. Southwestern and South-Central Ohio aquifers are showing levels of nearly four feet below the seasonal average. The Great Plains area saw precipitation from a low pressure system. Precipitation amounts ranged from 0.5 to 1.5 inches. Looking ahead, temperatures are expected to be colder than normal in the West to Plains. 


Neogen Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report

Don levels for wheat are as shown above with North Dakota continuing to have a level of >10ppm, and Missouri at >2ppm. 

Don levels for barley are as shown above, with a level of >5ppm in North Dakota.

There are now new reports of Don in Corn as shown here in Michigan with >5 ppm, 
Illinois with >3 ppm, Ohio with >6 ppm, and Indiana with >10 ppm. 


OSHA's Top 10 Most Cited Violations for 2016

While every year OHSA's Top 10 most cited violations change slightly the agency still provides dozens of statistics. Deputy Director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Patrick Kapust, presented this list among with many others in October during the 2016 National Safety Council Congress & Expo. 

The top three violations found this year include Fall Protection, Hazard Communication and Scaffolding. Fall Protection is the most cited violation for the sixth straight year.