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Increased Levels of Vomitoxin in U.S. Corn Harvest

Wet weather this autumn caused fungus to develop while delaying harvests

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North American farmers are finding increased levels of vomitoxin in this year’s corn harvest, reports Reuters.

More cases than normal are likely in the corn crop because wet weather this autumn caused the fungus to develop while delaying harvests, Iowa State University grain quality expert Charles Hurburgh said on Monday.

Ohio-based Andersons is warning farmers delivering corn to an ethanol plant in Albion, MI, that corn with vomitoxin levels above five ppm is subject to rejection.

Ethanol plants in Michigan and Ohio are also testing corn deliveries for the toxin and charging farmers financial penalties if their loads contain too much, a grain dealer in Michigan said.

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