The Andersons testing corn for vomitoxin

by Eric Schroeder
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MAUMEE, OHIO, U.S. — Diversified agribusiness and retailing company The Andersons, Inc. on Nov. 18 posted a notice to its website indicating that effective Nov. 21 it will begin testing every load of corn for vomitxoxin at its Clymers ethanol plant and grain elevator in Logansport, Indiana, U.S.

Vomitoxin, a plant toxin, may sicken animals and humans if eaten in large quantities, and its presence may be concentrated if infected corn is used to produce the ethanol byproduct of distillers’ grains.

The Andersons said it will be discounting prices for farmers delivering corn with 4 parts per million to 6.9 ppm. Corn with 7 ppm and above will be rejected, the company said.

“The Andersons reserves the right to refuse delivery of commodities containing transgenic genes and traits that are not commercially merchantable,” the company said. “The Andersons fully supports the NGFA’s (National Grain and Feed Association) position that the promotion and sale of varieties that are not approved for export to key markets can cause economic harm to grain handlers and ultimately grain producers.”

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