Every year, ethanol producers look at the corn crop, monitoring for aflatoxins and micotoxins that may show up in their feed products.
“We don’t have to worry too much about what it does in our ethanol production,” said Mark Borer, General Manager of POET Biorefining Leipsic. “But we certainly have to understand what’s there for the animals we feed.”
But so far, even with the drought stress the 2012 crop was under, Borer tells Brownfield they’ve not seen any quality issues.
“But anytime we see there is a potential risk, we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can,” said Borer. “We have done additional testing, early testing from the fields, trying to check on the different regions, just to make sure there’s not a pocket out there that could impact our feed products down the line.”
Borer says farmers with questions about their crop should bring a sample in and have it tested.