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Aflatoxin a Growing Problem
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Wed Aug 29, 2012 03:57 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Aflatoxin is the latest major concern for farmers dealing with one train wreck after another in the 2012 corn crop.

Grain elevators are testing for the fungus and rejecting loads or docking farmers for deliveries that test positive for aflatoxin. Officials in Iowa also have announced they are requiring dairies to test milk for aflatoxin as well.

Aflatoxin concerns are heightened this year because hot, dry conditions are the best growing conditions for the fungus. Moreover, the fungus has a highly toxic effect on animals and people.

Due to crop insurance demands, farmers who have any suspicions ...

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