To our valued customers,
Going into this harvest, I was looking forward to good (maybe even great) yields, clear weather, and happy growers. As October rolled around, with the hot, wet, weather, we soon began to worry about vomitoxin in corn. Unfortunately, our fears, in some areas, have come to fruition.
There are concerning issues with vomitoxin, (DON) in corn. The levels we are seeing, are all over the map. Some very high and some very low depending on geography, hybrids, etc. The elevator network, inclusive of the end users, are moving rapidly to testing every load.
Thompsons started with testing the first two loads, and if they were under 3 ppm, we would do random test thereafter. With the volatility in each field, we will likely go to testing every load, specifically in areas that appear to have a higher probability of having Vomitoxin.
Levels of Vomitoxin over 8 ppm are highly unmarketable and subject to rejection. Growers with levels over 8 ppm may be able to make a claim with Agricorp. They have released a fact sheet that you can read and/or download here. We encourage you to talk to Agricorp to determine viability. Agricorp can be reached at 1 (888) 247-4999.
As you are harvesting corn, if you find a field that is higher in DON, we would suggest you go to another field and try that one, at least for now. We as an industry, are looking for ways to market this corn. Unfortunately, it will take time and “space” to figure some of this out, which most people do not have. Because there is not enough space to segregate the different levels of vomitoxin, all corn then becomes toxic, hence creating issues with the end user.
Please talk to your account rep, or originator as you work through these issues. Be assured, we are working toward a solution that may not be perfect for either party, but gives us, and you, an outlet for this commodity.
Because of the changing situation, our discounts and rejection levels are subject to change. Please keep in contact with your Thompsons account rep, as well as looking at the web site for updates.
I know there will be tough conversations. We will do our very best to help you understand what is happening in the industry and what that means to you, as a grower.
President, Thompsons Limited