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Guymon Meeting Set for Corn Farmers to Learn More About Fumonisin in 2017 Corn Crop

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 05:20:17 CDT

Guymon Meeting Set for Corn Farmers to Learn More About Fumonisin in 2017 Corn Crop Corn farmers in the Oklahoma Panhandle have been invited to an informational meeting on Wednesday morning to learn more about Fumonisin in the 2017 corn crop. A pair of similar meetings were held last week in the Texas Panhandle in Dumas and Dimmitt- and over 700 farmers and others involved in production agriculture showed up.

According to officials with Texas Agrilife, weather conditions this year have elevated levels of this toxin that comes from Fusarium to a point where it can cause brain damage and death to horses- the class of livestock most vulnerable to the toxin. Just 5 ppm can cause horses harm, while 30 to 60 ppm can start causing problems in beef cattle.

Early samples in Texas Panhandle corn have tested as high as 100 ppm. According to a report in Southwest Farm Press, "Fumonisin is often found in Panhandle area fields, but in amounts far below the minimum of 2 ppm. David Gibson, executive director, Texas Corn Producers Board, said TCPB began receiving calls from farmers whose early harvest loads were being flagged by grain elevators and other handlers.

"The loads had fumonisin levels that required testing and potential quality adjustments. “Some farmers are seeing a $1 per bushel taken off their price,” noted Tim Ballinger, independent crop consultant in Dumas. “If the elevator price is $3.50, that drops to $2.50 per bushel. That’s quite a hit.”

"Dr. Tom Isakeit, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist, College Station, said the situation “is a High Plains problem, not a central Texas problem.” He said the fumonisin was likely caused by hot, dry weather that hit the Panhandle-South Plains region this year in parts of June and July, followed by cool, wet weather in August."

David Gibson talked with Farm Broadcast colleague Tony St James about the problem at the end of this past week- you can hear his comments by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.

The meeting set for Guymon on Wednesday morning will be at Hunny's at 9:00 AM. The flyer (which you can see by clicking on the PDF link below) about the meeting says that representatives from local grain elevators, Crop Insurance Grain Adjusters and the Oklahoma Panhandle Research and Extension Center will be on hand to discuss concerns and answer questions of farmers that attend and are concerned about what this could mean to their 2017 corn crop.



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