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Industry Updates

Industrial Fermentation and Downstream Processing Workshop March 18-20
The Industrial Fermentation and Downstream Processing Workshop will provide participants with real-world industrial fermentation experiences ranging from scale-up to downstream processing.

Now taking applications to join the March 2020 Free Food/Feed Safety Collaboration
This collaboration helps companies write a food/feed safety plan in six workshops. Seating is limited, please apply promptly. Acceptance will be communicated.

Iowa State offers course on feed safety on Iowa State University Campus Jan 13-15
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative, Charles Hurburgh, December 9, 2019

Blended Human Food PCQI Course Offerings Announced
Iowa State Extension and Outreach, January 30, 2019

Grain Operations: Managing stored grain long term
World-Grain.com- Dirk Maier, December 5, 2018

Advanced Grain Elevator Operations Management Course Offered at Iowa State
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative, Dirk Maier - January 10, 2020 [node:read-more:link]


Harvest 2019 Updates

Wet corn and the propane shortage
Charles Hurburgh - November 12, 2019

The late planting has caused higher moisture corn than normal...

Cooling Grain Impacts on Grain Quality and Shelf-Life
Charles Hurburgh - October 29, 2019

Recent reports have Iowa corn at about 40% harvested and Iowa soybeans about 66% harvested...

Frost Damage to Soybeans
Charles Hurburgh, Rebecca Vittetoe, Meaghan Anderson - October 17, 2019

Temperatures fell into the low 30’s and upper 20’s in most of Iowa over the weekend of October 11-13...

Crop Quality in 2019: Another Unusual Year
Charles Hurburgh, Erin Bowers, Alison Robertson - October 10, 2019

This year continues the chain of growing seasons with extremes and rapid changes beyond our long-term experiences...

Harvest consideration for frost killed corn
Mark Licht, Charles Hurburgh - October 7, 2019

A portion of Iowa’s corn crop is likely to experience a frost before naturally reaching maturity as a result of cool temperatures later this week...

Managing Wet Soybeans in a Late Harvest
Charles Hurburgh & Meaghan Anderson-October 18, 2018

Crop insurance and "high damage", sprouted, or unmarketable soybeans
USDA Risk Management Agency-October 15, 2018

NDSU Offers Soybean Drying Advice
Kenneth Hellevang


Spring 2019 Updates

Flood Adulterated Grain - Nutrient Supply to Crops When Land Applied
John Sawyer & Antonio Mallarino - April 2, 2019

Flooding has been extensive in several areas of Iowa this spring. In some cases, stored grain has been affected by flood waters. Land application of flood adulterated grain as a nutrient source for a future crop may be an option for some. Learn more...

Flooding and Stored Grain
Charles Hurburgh & Dan Loy  - March 19, 2019

The rapid snowmelt in Spring 2019 has caused instances of stored grain being covered with floodwater. By current Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) policy, grain inundated by uncontrolled river or stream water is considered adulterated and must be destroyed.  The situation in 2019 is one of river water flooding rather than of rain-driven pooled water in low ground, for which there are salvage options. Learn more...

Proper Management of Flooded Grain and Hay

Additional management guidance from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and Iowa DNR can be found online.


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

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