Drought may result in aflatoxin-contaminated corn
What should farmers do to avoid aflatoxin problems next year and beyond? I suggest they only plant corn in fields that can be irrigated and treat growing corn for earworm if necessary. They may also consider planting corn varieties resistant to earworm, but the corn may still be contaminated with aflatoxin if not irrigated aggressively.
Again, corn farmers should beware of this problem and always dry corn to 15% moisture within 24 hours of harvest. More information is available on the web at http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=G4155.
Following these suggested procedures will give corn farmers a better chance of producing aflatoxin-free corn during 2012. For more information, you may call me at 573-379-5431 or visit the web at http://aes.missouri.edu/delta/croppest/aflacorn.stm.