Mycotoxin & Crop Report: Corn harvest nears completion [VIDEO]

Nationally, 53% of corn is in good-to-excellent condition, 7 points behind last year

This week's headlines for Neogen's Monday Mycotoxin & Crop Report for October 24:

  • Continued minimal precipitation favors harvest
  • Corn harvest nears completion
  • New mycotoxin reports

Weather and harvest updates

The USDA’s October 18 bulletin reports more dry weather in large production parts of the country enabling late fall field work as well as aiding in the harvesting of late season crops.

Record heat waves added to dry conditions in the Northwest as well as southern and eastern Texas. Although the majority of winter wheat has been planted, dry conditions are prohibiting germination throughout growing regions.

The Northeast and Southeast did however see scattered showers while parts of the Midwest saw their first snows and freezes in some areas as far south as Iowa and eastern Nebraska.

  • Fall wheat planting continues
  • Winter wheat is 69% planted, 1 point above five-year average
  • Corn maturity advances and the fall harvest continues
  • 94% of corn is mature, 2 points above the five-year average
  • 45% of corn is harvested, 5 points above the five-year average
  • Nationally, 53% of corn is in good to excellent condition, 7 points behind last year

Here are the states with the highest good to excellent ratings, as well as the states with the highest poor to very poor ratings.

  • Good to excellent — IL,WI
  • Poor to very poor — CO, IN, KS, KY, MN, MO, NE, NC, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX

Mycotoxin Reports

Deoxynivalenol (DON) in wheat

  • MI, KS less than 1 ppm
  • NE 1–3 ppm
  • DE, MD, and VA 3–5 ppm
  • MA 5–10 ppm

Aflatoxin in corn

  • AL, AR, GA, MS 20–50 ppb
  • KS greater than 300 ppb

Deoxynivalenol (DON) in corn

  • AL, KS 1–3 ppm
  • OH 5–10 ppm

Fumonisin in corn

  • AL, IL, KS 5–10 ppm