Research Assistance and Support, Quality Analyses

Name and Position/Title: 
Charles R. Hurburgh, Professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering; Professor in Charge, Iowa Grain Quality Initiative

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Date Submitted:

POW# and Title:
105 - Post harvest management and storage

Title of Success Story:
Research Assistance and Support, Quality Analyses 
Genetics companies, public agencies, commodity groups and others continue to need testing services for compositional grain quality factors not included in the traditional grades.  Near infrared instrument users at other land grant universities, public research stations, and licensees of Iowa State germplasm continue to need accurate and updated instrument calibrations

Improve decision-making among public researchers, CSI partners, commodity groups and ISU germplasm liscensees in Iowa by providing grain quality analysis support services to Iowa researchers and agribusinesses.

The grain quality lab provided no or low cost sample analyses for compositional or other traits, for public researchers, CSI partners, commodity groups and ISU germplasm liscensees in Iowa. From the 2009 crop, 1098 corn and 5392 soybean samples were tested. Near infrared instrument calibrations were distributed as a fee for service cost recovery activity, with 6 clients.

Outcome Statement:   
Clients who used the grain quality lab are able to make better decisions in plant breeding, agronomics or variety selection based on data provided by lab analyses.  They use data to estimate processing values for both corn and soybeans. Understanding of the potential for quality to impact processors’ operations was increased.


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