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Aflatoxin reports highlight need for careful grain storage

Much of the U.S. and Europe have experienced drought and high temperatures this crop season, and now we’re seeing the effects of that in mycotoxin development.

Reports are rolling in of the carcinogenic mycotoxin aflatoxin, which is naturally created by Aspergillus, a fungus that thrives in drought conditions.

“Aflatoxin has showed its dirty face,” Oklahoma […]

Grain elevator bottlenecks and mycotoxin testing

Each harvest season, grain elevators experience a race to the finish line. High volumes of trucks arrive to be weighed, grains are tested for mycotoxins, and the elevator transfers the tested grain into silos. Throughout this race, elevators can be slowed by all kinds of bottlenecks.

On average, a grain elevator can handle 10,000 bushels […]