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Training Modules for Grain Storage

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Grain Storage Team includes ag engineers and economists which have developed grain storage training tools that discuss grain quality.

Dryeration -Shawn Shouse, ISU Extension and Outreach, 2013 Online Training Module

Harvest 2014

2014 - It seems like a broken 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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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to deal with it. 

Corona virus - covid-19

The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative's partner, the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State University has put together a set of resources regarding COVID-19. Food and agriculture operations may be most interested in FDA guidance on the virus. If you have additional questions or concerns about how COVID-19 might affect your operations, please contact Kim Anderson.

Now taking applications to join the June & July 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.

Blended Human Food PCQI Course Offerings
Iowa State Extension and Outreach, May 6, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host five one-day Blended Human Food PCQI courses during 2020. The courses are presented by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance. The course is the only PCQI class recognized by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Grain Operations: Managing stored grain long term Dirk Maier, December 5, 2018

Grain Elevator

Delayed harvest of corn and soybeans in 2018 across the midwestern U.S. are raising concerns about grain quality and how well this crop will store long term. With commercial grain facilities holding a large carryover from the big 2017 crop, some 2017 carry-over corn and much of the 2018 corn crop will end up in outdoor piles again.

Iowa Mycotoxin Risk

Video Podcast: 

On this video podcast Dr. Erin Bowers discusses the risk of mycotoxin contamination in Iowa grain and what to do about it. This is especially relevant because of the ongoing impacts of the drought and derecho in Iowa.


Jay Harmon

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Director for Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach
Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach
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ISU Grain Quality 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.