A simple corn (maize) plant must withstand many enemies during its lifetime. Rough environmental conditions, diseases, microorganisms, fungi and damage by animals such as insects and birds can stress and damage the crops and make them more vulnerable to fungal infection. Damage to corn ears, the most edible part, represents a significant danger and stress factor to the entire plant. Damage increases available moisture and facilitates the accumulation of fungi that can produce various mycotoxins. High concentrations of mycotoxins are often associated with damaged kernels. Several studies have investigated the impact of such damaging agents on the production of mycotoxins in silage.
Broken kernels and the truth about mycotoxins in silage