Weather conditions have made the mold aflatoxin a
threat to this year’s corn crop. The impact of high
levels of aflatoxin on producers varies from a
discount in price to the requirement to destroy the
Aflatoxin losses are insurable as long as the grain is
tested before being moved into commercial or onfarm
storage, or if the insured has arranged with the
insurance provider to leave representative areas of
unharvested crop from which the adjuster can obtain
samples for aflatoxin testing.
Insureds should notify their insurance agent before
harvesting and/or placing harvested grain in storage if
their grain is suspected of containing aflatoxin.
Because mold can worsen in storage, losses attributed
to farm storage, or that cannot be determined because
proper testing was not completed, are not covered
under the crop insurance policy.
Following is a list of certified testing facilities for
aflatoxin in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan
according to the Grain Inspection, Packers and
Stockyard Administration (GIPSA). This is not a
complete list and should only serve as a guide. To be
an “approved testing facility” for crop insurance
purposes, the following criteria must be met. Testing
facilities not listed which meet all the criteria below
can be considered “approved testing facilities.”
Consult with your crop insurance provider for more
1. The facility must be able to perform
quantitative tests on grain, itemizing
results in parts per million (ppm) and
parts per billion (ppb). Test kits used
must be certified by GIPSA.
2. The facility must be a recognized
commercial, government, or university
testing lab that uses industry-recognized
sample sizes, equipment, and procedures
for testing aflatoxin.
3. The facility must be a disinterested
testing facility unless RMA issues a
written authorization to waive this
Cairo Grain Inspection Agency, Inc.
34007 Sycamore Street
Cairo, IL 62914-1037