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Harvest Issues

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...


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

Grain Storage - Quality Management​
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Grain Storage - Economics
Grain Drying Economics
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Food Safety - Mycotoxins in Grain and Feed
     Mycotoxin Development
     Best Practices in Handling

Food Safety - Grain Chain Analysis and Processing
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     Corn Processing
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 Food Safety - Animal Feed Sanitation and Preventive Maintenance
Quality Assurance and Safety
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Food Safety - Animal Nutrition
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