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" Print the page Marketing and use of mould-affected grain often presents a dilemma for growers and livestock producers, and usually comes down to how much the grain should be discounted... The first group is ergot alkaloids, produced by sorghum ergot growing prior to harvest, and the second is aflatoxins, which are mainly produced if sorghum is stored with high moisture content... The results in: shrunken and pinched grain, following drought or from soil fertility constraints discoloured grain, often covered with black, gray, pink or orange fungal growth (mould), after extensive warm, humid periods during grain maturation premature germination of the grain caused by wet or humid weather conditions at harvest, resulting in sprung, shot or sprouted grain...
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