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Harvest 2014

2014 - It seems like a broken record...weather changes have shifted expectations of new crop corn quality. Three weeks ago, somewhat wetter corn than normal but high quality was the forecast. It is clear that the wetter part will come true; early harvest moistures are generally coming in at 18 – 22 percent, which is above average but not high enough to cause severe complications in drying. Field dry down is probably nearly over so do not expect much change in moisture from here on. Overall quality has been put at risk however, in some areas.

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John Lawrence

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Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach
Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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ISU Extension

Iowa Grain Quality Initiative Lab

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.

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Jay Harmon

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Interim Director for Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach
Interim Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach
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ISU Extension

Industry Updates

Keep Stored Grain Cool, Dry During Summer
North Dakota State University Extension Service - July 10, 2017

Stored grain needs to be cool and dry during the summer, a North Dakota State University Extension Service grain-drying expert says. “Cold or cool grain has been safely stored through the summer for many years,” notes Ken Hellevang, an Extension agricultural engineer. “Keeping the grain as cool as possible should be the goal of spring and summer grain storage.” Read More...


IGQI and CIRAS Welcomes a New Staff Member
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - June 9, 2017

Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and the Center for Industrial Research (CIRAS) have pooled resources to hire a food and feed safety and compliance specialist to provide individualized assistance beyond the FSMA group training classes. Read More...

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