Mycotoxin & Crop Report: Corn Harvest Advances [VIDEO]

Needed showers fell in the Northern Plains regions as far south as Kansas

This week's headlines for Neogen's Monday Mycotoxin & Crop Report for October 3:

  • Hot, dry weather prevails from the Southern Plains to the Southeast
  • Beneficial showers in the Northern Plains
  • Corn harvest advances

Weather & harvest updates

The USDA’s September 27 bulletin reports hot and dry weather spread over large swaths of the Southern Plains and Southeast, with conditions promoting field work and harvesting of many late season crops.

Needed showers fell in the Northern Plains regions as far south as Kansas, however, much of the region’s topsoil conditions remain dryer than average going into the winter wheat planting season.

There are sparse reports of frosts as cooler weather settles in in the Midwest and Northern Plains, these occurrences have had little effect on maturing crops.

  • The wheat harvest advances and fall planting continues
  • Winter wheat is 31% planted. 1 point above the five-year average
  • 96% of spring wheat acres are harvested — 1 point behind the five-year average
  • Barley acres are 97% harvested — 1 point behind five-year average
  • Corn harvest advances in many parts of the country
  • 12% of corn acres are harvested — 2 points behind the five-year average; 52% are 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: less than 1.0 ppm
  • DE, KS, MD, and VA: 3.0–5.0 ppm
  • MA: 5.0–10.0 ppm

Aflatoxin in corn

  • AL, AR, GA, and MS: 20.0–50.0 ppb
  • KS: greater than 300.0 ppb

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