Iowa Grain Quality Initiative Lab

Grain quality analysis has become increasingly more important. The possibility for tailoring grain quality to match individual user needs is now recognized by producers, handlers, and seedsmen. Marketing chains for products such as high-oil corn and low-saturated-fat soybeans are increasing value up to 50 cents per bushel. Livestock feeding operations in many areas are now screening raw grain ingredients for total protein or improved amino acid profile (protein quality).

The ISU Grain Quality Laboratory (GQL) provides instrumental analysis of chemical and physical properties of grain and other agricultural products. The services are intended to support high-throughput genetic evaluations, surveys of grain quality, and other large-scale monitoring operations. The lab also calibrates various types of instruments for manufacturers and users. Chemical composition is measured with a non-destructive, near-infrared (NIRS) analyzer

Crop-specific tests:

  • Corn: Moisture, protein, oil, starch and density. Ethanol yield and feed value can be calculated from the NIR results.
  • Soybeans: Moisture, protein, oil, fiber, total saturates and linolenic acid. Meal and oil processed value (EPV) can be calculated from the NIR results.
  • Soybean meal: Moisture, protein, oil and fiber.
  • Distillers grain: Moisture, protein, oil and fiber.

General Tests

  • Seed weight and size.
  • Test weight.
  • Thins (corn).
  • Specific gravity (measure of hardness) by nitrogen displacement.
  • Other contracted services.

We have coordinating agreements for other grain testing services. These include amino acid profiles, fatty acid profiles, germination tests, pilot-scale processing runs, and U.S. grade factors. Details of all tests are available upon request. We reserve the right to use submitted samples internally for checking calibration accuracy and for method development.

The Grain Lab also offers custom methods development services, such as for calibration of new near-infrared models or test weight determination devices.

Strict confidentiality of sample and analysis data is maintained. Services are for all grains and are priced on a per sample basis, unless noted. Ask about sample sizes and prices for combined or grouped tests.

Fees for Services

Prices effective for 2016-17 marketing year, until 8/30/2017

Near Infrared (NIRS) Analysis

 

Composition (corn and soybean) and density (corn) | 500 g

$5.00

Total saturates, linolenic acid and composition (soybean) | 500 g

$6.25

Other Tests

 

Seed weight and size (seeds/lb) | 200 g

$4.00

Test weight | 1,000 g

$2.50

Thins | 500 g

$3.00

Density by nitrogen displacement | 150 g

$8.00

Amino acid profile by University of Missouri | 500 g

$87.00

Other coordinated outsourced lab services | per sample

Lab Cost + 10%

Calibration and quality control services - grains and other products

Contact for quote

Additional fees apply for special conditions, such as sample cleaning, sample containers, fax or rush data. Call the facility for barcodes, sample containers, sample labels and additional information. *ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Contact:

Glenn Rippke
3165 NSRIC - Ames, IA 50011-3310
515-294-5387
rippke@iastate.edu


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