North Carolina urging corn aflatoxin testing after hurricane

Heavy rains, hot summer may cause mold problems for crops

North Carolina corn growers are being encouraged to have their corn tested for aflatoxin to prevent contamination of feeds and food in the wake of Hurricane Irene coupled with a hot summer.

Aflatoxin is a byproduct of the mold Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to both humans and livestock. “The hot summer and the heavy rains from Hurricane Irene have increased the potential for aflatoxin in corn,” said North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “It’s very important that farmers have their corn tested.”

Samples submitted for insurance purposes must go through a U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified grain marketing location.