The U.S. corn crop was generally good, according to a new report from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). This news release from the National Corn Growers Association, a founding member of the council, says the USGC’s 2015/2016 Corn Harvest Quality Report found 94 percent of corn samples samples rated at quality grade No. 2 or better.
“This is the fifth year of releasing our corn quality reports,” said USGC Chairman Alan Tiemann. “Our objective in compiling and publishing this unique information is to arm our customers with the data they need to make good purchasing decisions – and take advantage of the excellent U.S. crops now available to them.”
According to the corn quality report, the 2015 U.S. crop is entering marketing channels with the following key characteristics:
– Average test weight within the range for No. 1 grade corn, indicating good kernel filling and maturation.
– Low levels of broken corn and foreign material, with 98 percent within the range for No. 2 grade corn, indicating little cleaning will be required.
– Low levels of total damage, with 96.1 percent within the range for U.S. No. 2 grade.
– No observed heat damage.
– Average elevator moisture of 15.7 percent, which will decrease the potential for stress cracking.
– 100 percent of the corn samples tested below the U.S. Food and Drug Administration action level for mycotoxins.
Our customers look forward to this information on an annual basis, and we are pleased to be able to offer it to them in a way that benefits their businesses,” Tiemann said. “We’ve had a lot of success with building relationships with overseas buyers and end-users by presenting the findings of the corn quality reports.”
The corn report is based on samples from 12 of the top corn-producing and exporting states.