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High DON values ​​in US corn

Farmers in North America find high levels of DON (Vomitoxin) in this year's corn crop. This is an additional burden as they are already suffering the economic consequences of the trade dispute with China.
Vomitoxin makes animals sick and can also burden food. Grain buyers reject batches with too high DON values. With corn harvesting in the Midwest and Canada still underway and wet weather coming in fall, scientists expect more problems.
¾ of the US corn crop is the raw material for the production of ethanol. The by-product Distillers Dried Grains (DDGs) is cattle feed. Ethanol producers have already had to deal with DON's heavily loaded batches to sell their DDGs.
The US Food and Drug Administration has set the following limit values ​​for DON values: 1 ppm for food for human consumption, 5 ppm for pig feed, 10 ppm for chicken feed and feed for dairy cattle and 30 ppm for cattle feed. Some ethanol producers have already rejected corn deliveries.
The incomes of US farmers have halved in the last five years, and since Donald Trump has a trade dispute with China, things have gotten worse.
An analysis institute found 80% in the study of 45 patterns that had too high DON values. The US corn crop was only 76% completed by Sunday.

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