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That drought this summer promoted the development of the disease Aspergiullus. It's a fungi that causes the disease that can produce aflatoxin. But, not all that tainted corn will be wasted.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given Nebraska permission to blend aflatoxin-tainted corn from this harvest with other corn to make it safe to feed to livestock.
Blending allows the aflatoxin levels to lower and making it safer to feed to cattle and hogs.
Almost 70 percent of the nearly 2,000 grain samples from early stages of harvest tested positive for aflatoxin.
More than 500 of the results were above the federal safety standard of 20 parts per billion.
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