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Corn Rot Expected To Be High This Season

Last updated on Tuesday, December 19, 2006

(UNDATED) - A new study by Purdue University scientists shows levels of a corn toxin could be unseasonably high this year.

Experts warn so-called mycotoxins are dangerous primarily to farm animals which eat the corn. If too much of the rotted corn is eaten by swine, horses or mules, these animals can develop minor symptoms like reduced appetite or irritable bowels or can be afflicted by more serious concerns like heart and liver problems and even blindness.

The mycotoxins form when there is too much rain early in a growing season and the corn begins to develop any of a number of kinds of rot.

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