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Aflatoxin in Corn

September 28, 2020 | By Rupp Seeds

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Aflatoxin is a toxic substance produced by the fungi Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus in agricultural crops such as corn kernels, cotton seeds, and tree nuts. Aflatoxin in corn must be monitored closely as it is highly toxic to many animals and can be fatal to livestock. Aflatoxin can infect corn across the Midwest and Southern United States, especially if corn is under insect or drought stress. Identifying the fungus that produces aflatoxin, testing grain for contamination, and managing contaminated grain can help control aflatoxin in corn.

Learn about the conditions that encourage aspergillus infection, how to test your corn, how to manage aflatoxin and how to handle contaminated grain in this issue of SeedScoop.

Aflatoxin in Corn