The most significant variable associated with mycotoxin test results comes from incorrect sample collection or uneven distribution of infected kernels in a load.
Although taking a sample from the top of a storage bin, truck or combine may be easy and very convenient, producers may not be collecting a sample representative of the load since mycotoxin distribution is rarely distributed evenly in a load of corn. A general rule of thumb is that when it comes to sampling, the more samples the better. OMAFRA staff share best practices for grain sampling and mycotoxin testing, in addition to providing a list of laboratories offering mycotoxin analysis in Ontario. | READ MORE