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Katie Micik DTN Markets Editor

Thursday 12/06/12

86% of Corn Crop Aflatoxin-Free, Report Shows
In an annual report on corn quality, the U.S. Grains Council notes that the 2012-13 had higher than average test weight and low amounts of damage, cracks and foreign material.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:18PM CST 12/06/12 by Katie Micik | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
Eight six percent aflatoxin free implies 14% with aflatoxin. If that applies to total US corn crop, that means there is over 1.5 billion bushels are affected; 1.2 billion more bushels than last year. That is huge.
Posted by Freeport IL at 9:38AM CST 12/07/12
You're right, if aflatoxin affected a hypothetical 1.5 billion bushels, that's just huge and it will require a lot of high quality bushels to blend it off, drawing down exportable supplies. I hesitate to draw that broad of a conclusion though simply because of the nature of the study and the lack of historical data. The USGC has only conducted this study twice, and this year it nearly doubled sample size. Once the study has built up a longer history we'll have a better idea of where this year falls in the continuum of contaminated crops. Does anyone know of other studies estimating how much of the corn crop was contaminated with aflatoxin this year?
Posted by KATIE MICIK at 9:56AM CST 12/07/12
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