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 […]

When mycotoxins contaminate feed: What is oxidative stress?

When mycotoxins contaminate animal feed, the effects on livestock can be serious. Some mycotoxins, like aflatoxin, are carcinogenic. Others can impact the immune system or the blood, damage organs, cause miscarriages and provoke severe vomiting, among many other effects.

Some of these effects are linked to oxidative stress, which happens when unstable atoms damage living […]

Trace minerals may help aflatoxin-exposed cows

Aflatoxin, a naturally occurring toxin created by mold growth on crops, is one of the most troublesome mycotoxins in the world. Its presence above safe levels in human food and animal feed is harmful to the health of those who consume it, and may be responsible for staggeringly high liver cancer rates in many African […]

European Food Safety Authority outlines increased mycotoxin risk in parts of Europe

What do molds and fungi need to grow? Moisture and warmth.

As the climates of significant parts of our planet become increasingly hot and wet, experts are advising that we’ll see changes in the development of the molds that harm agriculture in those areas.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reported that the gradual […]

Wild weather could cause a wide range of crop outcomes in the U.S.

Crop conditions for the U.S. during the month of July “read like an agricultural version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” according to DTN, with weather that is too hot, too wet and occasionally, just right.

According to DTN’s report, in much of the Midwest and the eastern-central Corn Belt, all has been well for […]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report: July 9, 2018

We’re getting into the swing of the growing season with our second Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report of the year! This week’s video outlines the hot weather in North America, and touches on two new DON reports in the past week. Check out the video here.

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Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report: July 2, 2018

And we’re back, with our weekly Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report video series! We’re excited to kick off the 2018 season. This week, we take a look at the latest growing and weather conditions in North America. Watch the video here.

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The Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report returns soon

Get ready! This season’s Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report is set to begin on July 2 — just two weeks from today.

The Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report (MMCR) is the North American grain industry’s weekly update for mycotoxin levels, weather and crop conditions, and industry insights throughout the growing and harvest seasons. These informative […]

Aflatoxin-resistant corn could save lives in developing countries

Droughts, floods, fire and other natural disasters can wipe out a section of crops in the blink of an eye, but any farmer can tell you that there are plenty of more insidious things to watch out for, like mold that produces crop-ruining mycotoxins.

Now, researchers have made big strides in making corn that is […]

How to store grain and reduce mycotoxin risks

Now that it’s April, farmers in the Northern Hemisphere are shaking off the dregs of winter and preparing for a busy spring. And with the planting, growing and harvesting seasons come the concern for mycotoxins.

Mycotoxins are nasty toxins produced by the mold growing on a wide variety of agricultural crops. When consumed by humans […]