The OCC is deeply concerned about the impact this is having across all sectors of the corn industry in Ontario, especially for the many farmers who are most directly affected.
Regrettably, the OCC does not have data indicating the relative susceptibility of hybrids to infection by Gibberella and the production of DON. However, the committee is undertaking two initiatives that it hopes will allow the committee to give more guidance to farmers in the future.
1) Samples were collected from each plot in several OCC trials across south-western Ontario during harvest this fall. These samples will be analyzed for DON in the lab and the results will be reviewed by the committee as soon as possible. These results may assist the committee, industry and crop advisors in providing growers with more information about:
- The factors associated with DON production,
- The range in tolerance among hybrids to mycotoxin accumulation
- The consistency of hybrid tolerance across environments and
- What growers can do to reduce their risk for next year.
- Research or testing that the OCC could undertake to improve our knowledge about hybrid response to Gibberella and/or management practices to reduce the risk of DON accumulation.
The OCC understands that these actions do little to ease the devastation and desperation currently being experienced by corn growers across Ontario. However, OCC is committed to doing all it can to help find solutions for the future.
For further information contact:
Shawn Winter, Chair, Ontario Corn Committee
Maizex Seeds Inc
4488 Mint Line, R. R. # 2
Tilbury, ON N0P 2L0