Deoxynivalenol (DON) infections were widespread in Ontario’s corn crop last year.

Down with DON: a clear corn crop

Toxin levels are lower this year thanks to weather and farmer and supplier vigilance

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Ontario corn ear mould and mycotoxin survey showed levels are considerably lower than 2018 with 96 per cent of samples testing less than two parts per million of deoxynivalenol (DON). OMAFRA field crop specialists, Grain Farmers of Ontario and members of the Ontario Agri-Business Association collaborated to complete the survey. Why it matters: Farmers […] Read more

DON caused by corn ear infections significantly reduced the value of the 2018 Ontario corn crop.

DON-forecasting tool funded

Governments help to pay costs to set up computerized monitoring system

Reading Time: 2 minutes The federal and provincial governments are supporting the creation of an early-warning and risk assessment system for deoxynivalenol (DON). Grain Farmers of Ontario is leading the project which will work similarly to a DON-forecasting system in place for years for wheat in the province. That system monitors weather conditions to predict DON risk, which helps […] Read more

A lot of corn remains in Ontario fields, now much covered by snow.

DON-infected corn storage and ethanol trials proposed

A meeting of the grain sector last week has yielded some guidance for farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Here’s the latest news on the managing of the DON-infected corn crop. Get the good corn off: Minister Hardeman Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman said the main message from his recent meeting of the industry is to get the good quality corn harvested. Leave the DON-infected corn in the field […] Read more