Grain quality key to higher profitability
Proliferation of molds and mycotoxins in crops can significantly hurt your bottom line. when not protected, pests such as corn earworm can feed on corn, leaving it susceptible to contamination from mycotoxins, including aflatoxin1.
Because aflatoxin is a known carcinogen, the FDA mandates that levels cannot exceed certain limits, measured in parts per billion (ppb) depending on the intended use of the corn.
High levels of aflatoxin negatively affect the price of grain, docking grower revenue at the elevator. After harvest, molds and mycotoxins in stored grain can lead to loss in weight and quality degradation. The bottom line – mycotoxins such as aflatoxin rob growers of grain in the field and revenue at the elevator.
Fortunately, there’s a solution to help protect grain quality and profitability. Corn hybrids that include traits for insect control can help reduce kernel contamination from mycotoxins such as aflatoxin through reduced insect feeding2.
The Agrisure Viptera® trait has been shown to significantly reduce aflatoxin contamination through control of corn earworm and other ear-feeding insects.
The Agrisure Viptera trait supports a better profit potential by giving growers higher-quality grain and preventing storage loss through grain shrink.