Crop insurance reminders for those affected by aflatoxin
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[September 20, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- Aflatoxin has
been reported in several Midwest states. If you think your corn has
aflatoxin, notify your crop insurance agent before you
harvest the grain, put it in storage or deliver it for sale.
If your crop is rejected by an elevator due to aflatoxin,
contact your insurance agent immediately. Your insurance
provider will take samples and submit them to an approved
testing facility. Producers cannot take their own samples.
Aflatoxin levels can increase in storage. Therefore, losses
are insurable only if the grain is tested at an approved testing
facility before being moved into commercial or on-farm
storage. Depending on the aflatoxin level, the corn price may be
discounted or, in rare cases, the grain will need to be
Brian D. Frieden, director of the Springfield office of
USDA's Risk Management Agency, 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.
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For a list of approved testing facilities and salvage grain buyers,
[Text from file received from
USDA Risk Management