Corn Ear Rots, Storage Molds, and Associated Hazards

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1993-12-02
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Munvkvold, Gary
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Ear rots and storage molds occur every year on corn throughout the Midwest. These diseases are serious concerns in corn production because they cause losses in grain yield and quality, and pose potential hazards in harvesting, handling, and feeding grain. Harvesting and handling hazards are generally related to respiratory problems with inhalation of mold spores, while the hazards of feeding moldy grain are generally related to the presence of toxic chemicals (mycotoxins) produced by the fungi. Particularly because of the possibility of mycotoxin production, it is important to recognize ear rots and storage molds and be aware of their toxigenic properties.

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