With aflatoxin showing up in grain samples during this fall’s harvest — due to drought conditions — producers ought to test their feed ahead of time.
Agri-King, a nutritional services company in Fulton, Ill., reports finding aflatoxin in some of the grain and corn silage samples that it has tested from several different states.
“I have seen quite a bit of aflatoxin” in grain tested from southern Illinois, says Ed Piwonka, dairy nutritionist at ADM Alliance Nutrition in Quincy, Ill. Some of the shell corn has tested as high as 200 to 250 parts per billion.
With the widespread drought that hit the U.S this year, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Test for aflatoxins before you feed.