The Missouri Department of Agriculture is happy again to report the results on our annual monitoring of aflatoxin in corn. This survey has been reported yearly since 1993. We also analyze all customer complaint samples for aflatoxin when symptoms suggest adulteration. Laboratory tests are conducted to determine the average crude protein in corn. In 2015, the average crude protein for corn was 6.94%, lower than 7.82% in 2014’s corn crop. Each sample was adjusted to a 13.5% moisture level.

Samples of corn are drawn from counties having an expected production of greater than 1.5 million bushels, with one sample added for each additional two million bushels produced. No aflatoxin was found in any of the 126 samples tested.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is committed to food safety and quality for the protection of our state’s consumers. Our mission is to continue to serve, promote, and protect the agriculture producers, processors and consumers of Missouri food, fuel and fiber products.

Crude Protein Summary Last Ten Years

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Corn 8.38 7.62 7.35 7.23 7.65 8.20 9.12 7.65 7.82 6.94

2015 Corn Summary - Overall

Summary of All Samples

  Ave 'As Rec.'
Crude Protein
Average
Moisture
(# Afla)
(Tested)
Total
Bushels
C. Protein
at 13.5 Mois.
Summary of All Samples: 217 spls 6.90 13.60 126 92,851 6.94

Summary by Area

  C. Protein Mois (# Afla)
(Tested)
Bushels CP@13.5Mois.
Ken Disselhorst - Northeast 53 spls 6.64 14.13 30 21,255 6.69
Devin Hart - South Central/Bootheel 24 spls 7.14 14.30 14 19,754 7.21
Meridee Haworth - East Central 14 spls 7.07 13.55 12 19,066 7.08
Mike Harter - Southwest 18 spls 7.07 13.55 12 19,066 7.08
Aaron Baugh - West / Central 57 spls 6.99 13.56 27 3,145 7.00
Doreen Mausbach - Northwest 51 spls 6.98 14.24 29 26,500 7.04

Crude Protein Summary by Year

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Ave C.Protein at 13.5% Mois. 7.65 8.20 9.12 7.65 7.82 6.94

Alfatoxin Summary

  0 - 10ppb 10-20 20-49 50-99 100-199 200-299 >=300
Findings (ppb) na            

Alfatoxin Summary by Area

Area # Samples # Positive Positive amount (ppb)
Ken Disselhorst - Northeast 53    
Devin Hart - South Central/Bootheel 24    
Meridee Haworth - East Central/Southeast 14    
Mike Harter - Southwest 18    
Aaron Baugh - West/Central 53    
Doreen Mausbach - Northwest 51    

Number of Samples Tested: 126

Number Positive Samples: 0