Crop insurance reminders for those affected by aflatoxin
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[August 07, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- Weather conditions have
made the fungus aflatoxin a threat to this year's corn crop.
Brian D. Frieden, director of the Springfield office of USDA's Risk
Management Agency, offers reminders for producers with crop
If you think your corn has aflatoxin, notify your crop insurance
agent before you harvest the grain, put the grain in
storage or deliver it for sale. Your insurance provider will
take samples for testing and submit them to an approved testing
facility. Depending on the aflatoxin level present, the corn
price may be discounted or, in rare cases, the grain will need
to be destroyed.
Aflatoxin levels can increase in storage.
Therefore, losses are only insurable if the grain is tested at
an approved testing facility before being moved into
commercial or on-farm storage. A producer may also make
arrangements with their insurance provider to leave
representative sample areas of the unharvested crop. The
adjuster will take samples from these areas for aflatoxin
testing. Producers cannot collect their own samples. Samples
must be collected by their insurance provider or a disinterested
third party, such as an approved elevator.
list of approved testing facilities is available at:
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Frieden urges all producers to contact their insurance agent with
any questions concerning aflatoxin. Your crop insurance agent can
provide you with additional information specific to your needs.
[Text from file received from
USDA Risk Management