Website Offers Help If You Have Moldy Corn

Find several valuable resources all in one spot.

Published on: Oct 12, 2012

Purdue University has set up a Website called Managing Moldy Corn. You can access it at www.purdue.edu/cornmold.  The site was created in 2009 during the wet fall to deal with questions related to moldy corn. It's been reactivated and updated to answer questions related to a totally different season which still produced the same result – moldy corn.

Jim Mintert, interim Extension director, says it provides information on everything from identifying molds to marketing the grain to storing it.

MOLDY CORN: Theres more than one type of mold on this ear.
MOLDY CORN: There's more than one type of mold on this ear.

There are actually four sections to the website. The goal is to address questions such as: What is a mycotoxin? How can I identify mold on corn ears? and How can I store affected grain?

Richard Stroshine, Purdue grain quality specialist, says one rule is not to mix moldy grain with good corn if you're storing at home. That's especially true if you have a crop insurance plan which covers quality of grain. In fact, if you have such a policy, you must report molds before you harvest and ask the adjustor to come pull samples. Once the corn is binned the coverage no longer applies.

The backlog for adjustors is growing. You'll need to exercise patience and have alternative plans to harvest fields that aren't affected until an adjustor can pull the proper samples on moldy fields. Unless a sample is tested at the official lab recognized by the Risk Management Agency, the claim for aflatoxin damage won't be recognized.

There are already reports that results coming back from the lab may be far different than what an elevator is claiming they find in a load. The crop insurance adjustor has no choice according to RMA guidelines but to use what's reported by the lab when the sample is sent in.

Some of this information should be explained in more detail on the Purdue Website.