Differentiate Normal and Fungal Infected Corn

Differentiate Normal and Fungal Infected Corn is one of the most important visual test done at field and Feed mill. I am Dr. Kashif amin, today we will learn how to Differentiate Normal and Fungal Infected grains. But before differentiation i will briefly introduce about it. it is one of the world’s most popular cereal grain. it is used in animal feed formulation because human consumption of it is at low level.

Corn is a cereal grain, also known as Maize and scientifically known as Zea mays. It is used as energy source in poultry as well as ruminant diet. it was first cultivated by Mexican people about 10,000 years ago. Complete detail of it is given HERE.

Nutrition Facts:

it is highly nutritious diet for animals, used as energy source in animal feed. in Ruminants feed used either as grains or Pellets or in the form of silage. 

  • Calories: 96
  • Water: 73%
  • Protein: 3.4 grams
  • Carbs: 21 grams
  • Sugar: 4.5 grams
  • Fiber: 2.4 grams
  • Fat: 1.5 grams

Visual Characteristics of Normal Corn:

when you hold grains in your fist, they have shiny appearance and have nutty smell. all grains have no blackish spots, they have uniform appearance.

normal corn
normal corn

Visual Characteristics of Fungal Corn:

when you hold  grains in your fist, they have no shiny appearance and have abnormal smell. Grains have blackish spots, they have no uniform appearance.

fungal corn
Fungal infected

Its very easy to differentiate corn on visual inspection. hope this information is beneficial for you.

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