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Protect Corn Hybrids from Harmful Mycotoxins

Insect management is key to a successful season, but scouting and treatment can be time-consuming and costly tasks. Without proper management, common pests like corn earworm or western bean cutworm can feed on corn ears, injuring corn kernels and allowing spores of ear molds to enter into the developing grain.

These exposed areas leave the plant vulnerable to the invasion of ear molds and the development of aflatoxin and fumonisins, two very concerning mycotoxins. These mycotoxins can reduce the price received for grain at market or be potentially harmful to livestock if fed as silage, grain or DDGs.

Aflatoxin is a known carcinogen, so the FDA mandates that levels cannot exceed certain limits, measured in parts per billion (ppb) depending on the intended use of the corn. The FDA has also set standards to regulate acceptable levels of fumonisin, which can be highly toxic to livestock and humans.

This image shows a corn hybrid with Agrisure Viptera trait (left) vs. non-Viptera hybrid (right)

Corn hybrid with Agrisure Viptera trait (left) vs. non-Agrisure Viptera hybrid (right)

Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to help protect grain quality and profitability. Independent research has proven that the Agrisure Viptera® trait limits damage caused by insects, reducing mold growth and the formation of mycotoxins, helping you maximize yield potential and protect your bottom line. No other trait in the industry provides better or more complete control of more insects.

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