The Belgium feed industry, who systematically monitor raw materials for the presence of mycotoxins, found that out of 498 post-harvest grain samples tested, 64% contained at least one mycotoxin above the limit of detection.
In the 2015 the result was 34% and in 2014 this was 48%.
The Belgian Compound Feed Industry Association who conducted the survey say the increase in contamination level in this year’s harvest is the result of less favourable growth circumstances by which I think they mean it was wet.
Bearing in mind Belgium farmers achieve some top wheat yields and don’t hold back on fungicides, perhaps it indicates a quality issue currently sitting in bunkers across Europe and beyond.
I know for a fact Ukraine and Russian wheat receives next to no fungicides by comparison and it’s been a wet growing season there.
Also worth keeping in mind this survey only tested post-harvest contamination levels and mycotoxin contamination can increase during storage.