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Industry Updates

Iowa Grain Quality Initiative Begins Life-Saving Research in Rwanda
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - March 20, 2017

IGQI is embarking on a project in Rwanda assessing the impact of mycotoxins – toxic chemicals produced by fungi found in food crops. The program will sample and test animal feed grains in Rwanda and is slated to begin mid-March. Little research has been undertaken on this issue in Rwanda, and the hope is to gain knowledge needed to apply solutions in the future. Read more...

Humid Fall will Cause Moldy Corn Sightings this Spring
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - February 9, 2017

Ethanol plants need to be especially cautious of moldy corn this spring due to a humid fall and excessive amounts of corn stored in outdoor piles. According to Charles Hurburgh, grain quality and handling specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, mid-February will bring reports of moldy corn, hot spots and blue eye mold – a fungus turning the germ a bluish color, especially if temperatures do not decrease. Read more...

2016 Harvest Grain Quality Update 
Integrated Crop Management - November 1, 2016

Iowa has had relief from the constant, late-September rains that were setting up for a difficult harvest season. As a result, the average grain moisture has fallen to a more typical 18-21%; lower in areas of lesser rainfall and vice versa. The potential for field drydown normally declines rapidly after mid-October. The issues of field mold that we reported in late September remain but shouldn’t be intensifying. Overall, the storage properties of 2016 will be average or below average, especially in wetter areas. Read More...

Mycotoxin Monitoring in the FSMA Era
Ethanol Producer Magazine - Sept. 20, 2016

Ethanol producers have long known that in certain years, mycotoxins will be an issue because any that come in with the whole grain get tripled in the outgoing distillers grains. This year, there is an added dimension as plants figure out how to adapt the systems they’ve used for years to satisfy the hazard analysis and record keeping requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Read More...

Scout Now for Ear Rot
Integrated Crop Management - Sept. 26, 2016

Warm, wet conditions as grain dries down could favor the development of ear rots. In the eastern corn belt, corn pathologists report that Diplodia ear rot (Fig. 1) is prevalent (C.O.R.N. Newsletter;  The Bulletin; and the Pest and Crop Newsletter). In Illinois, there are reports of grain being turned away from elevators because of poor quality due to Diplodia ear rot. Read more...

Management of Flood-Submerged Grain
Integrated Crop Management - Sept. 25, 2016

Grain submerged by uncontrolled flood waters is considered Adulterated under the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. This policy dates to 2008 when grain storages in Cedar Rapids were inundated, and has been applied to several situations since then. Adulterated material cannot be put in commercial facilities of any type, where there would be a chance of entering human or animal food. There have been flooded (over the grain height) fields in northeast Iowa since mid-September. Late September rains have increased the scope of this problem to north central and east central Iowa, as well. Read more...

Wet Weather Creates Challenges for Harvest
Integrated Crop Management - Sept. 25, 2016

The 2016 growing season was wet with two distinct temperature patterns—hot during early pollination and cooler in August. Most of Iowa had 125% up to 200% of normal rainfall up to Labor Day, and even more after Labor Day. The outlook going forward into October is continued above average temperatures and above normal rainfall. These conditions produced high yield potential at the start of September, but deteriorating quality since Labor Day. While yield is determined over the full season, crop quality is often established by conditions at the very end of the growing season. The recent massive rains in the northern third of Iowa will complicate the need to move quickly on deteriorating grain. Read more...


Training Modules

Grain modules brought to you by the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative. 

Grain Storage - Quality Management​
Grain Storage Module   Dryeration
   Fan Performance

Grain Storage - Economics
Grain Storage ModulGrain Drying Economics
  Grain Storage Economics

Food Safety - Mycotoxins in Grain and Feed
  MycotoxinsMycotoxin Development
  Best Practices in Handling

Food Safety - Grain Chain Analysis and Processing
Food SafetyGrain and Oilseed Basics
  Corn Processing
  Oilseed Processing
  Food SafetyWheat Processing
  Grain & Oilseed Risk
  Rendered Ingredients
  Non-Grain By-Product Ingr.
  Medicated Feed Additives...
  Production Animal Digestion...
                        Production Animal Feed...

 Food Safety - Animal Feed Sanitation and Preventive Maintenance
Quality Assurance and SafetyQuality Assurance and Safety
  Sanitation and Pest Mgmt.

Food Safety - Animal Nutrition
  Animal NutritionBeef Industry
  Dairy Industry
  Poultry Industry
 Animal Nutrition Swine Industry