Mycotoxin & Crop Report: Mild Weather Benefits Harvest [VIDEO]

System also brought freezes to parts of the Midwest and Northern plains

This week's headlines for Neogen's Monday Mycotoxin & Crop Report for October 17:

  • Mild weather benefits harvest
  • Winter wheat planting continues
  • New mycotoxin reports

Weather & harvest updates

The USDA’s October 12 bulletin reports remarkably mild weather following the destruction brought by Hurricane Ian.

Limited precipitation centered on mid-Atlantic states and the Southwest.

Calm and temperate conditions benefitted maturing summer crops over large areas of the country with record setting temperatures in the Northwest.

This system also brought freezes to parts of the Midwest and Northern plains, that most crops were sufficiently mature to withstand. Top soil conditions are still drier than average in most regions of the country, delaying winter wheat development.

  • Fall wheat planting continues
  • Winter wheat is 55% planted, 3 points behind the five-year average
  • Corn maturity advances and the fall harvest continues
  • 87% of corn is mature, 2 points above the five-year average
  • 31% of corn is harvested, 1 point above the five-year average
  • Nationally, 54% of corn is in good to excellent condition, 6 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, KS 5-10 ppm