How to Tell If Corn Has Aflatoxin

August 30, 2013 06:42 AM
 
Aflatoxin in Corn

It’s important for farmers to look out for aflatoxin, a type of mold, particularly in a drought year. That’s according to Farm Journal field agronomist Ken Ferrie in Episode 8 of Corn College TV Season 3.

Infected ears must be monitored.

"We have to keep them out of our grains going into the food system," Ferrie says. Grain can be rejected when aflatoxin levels are above 20 parts per billion.

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The blue-green mold is hard to spot in the grain bin, so be sure to shuck ears before harvest to examine whether they have been affected.

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