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Mycotoxin Prediction

The BIOMIN Mycotoxin Prediction Tool delivers assessments of expected mycotoxin levels in the upcoming harvest of corn (maize) and wheat around the world.

Mycotoxin contaminated feed and food are a risk to the health of humans and livestock resulting in significant economic losses. The majority of mycotoxins accumulate in the field, and contamination levels are strongly influenced by weather conditions at critical stages of crop development. Additional factors such as soil management, sowing time and each crop's genetic resistance contribute to farm-level risk within a region.

How does prediction work?

Mycotoxin prediction models provide forecasts on expected mycotoxin levels in the upcoming harvest. In order to provide accurate predictions, weather conditions during various growing stages need to be taken into account, and there needs to be an understanding of how these weather conditions impact mycotoxin development in the crop. The BIOMIN Mycotoxin Prediction tool focuses on the potential for mycotoxin development in wheat and corn, because the impact of weather on mycotoxins is well established. It combines factors affecting disease pressure into sophisticated algorithms, and is continually being updated and improved with data from the BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey – the most comprehensive data set on worldwide mycotoxin occurrence.

The tool analyzes data from a range of inputs to calculate a predicted mycotoxin contamination level for the next harvest:
  • Biochemistry of mycotoxin production
  • Fungi type, lifecylce stage
  • Crop type, planting date, lifecycle stage

Your benefits in the field

With these inputs, the BIOMIN Mycotoxin Prediction Tool assesses the relative risk for increased mycotoxin levels on the field in regions across the globe. These include deoxynivalenol and zearalenone, the most prevalent mycotoxins in corn and wheat, as well as aflatoxins and fumonisins in corn. The BIOMIN Mycotoxin Prediction Tool allows crop users and crop producers to make sound decisions in terms of purchasing, quality control and crop management.

Decide whether to intensify field scouting for crop infection

This can help identify fungal crop infections that lead to mycotoxin formation.

Apply good agricultural practices

Optimizing practices like crop rotation, fertilization, cultivation and others helps reduce the risk of mycotoxins.

Optimize your mycotoxin testing program

Testing is crucial:are you testing your wheat and corn often enough and for the right mycotoxins?

Make better informed decisions on yield versus quality to enhance profitability

Use the predictions about mycotoxin contamination levels to influence the timing of testing and even harvesting.

Make informed choices on imported feed

Consider the source of your raw materials and adjust testing of your feed.

The BIOMIN Mycotoxin Prediction Tool is not yet available in all regions.
Check availability of the Mycotoxin Prediction Tool in your region with your local BIOMIN representative.

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