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April/May 2010

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April/May 2010 Articles

Common Sense Trading Decisions

April 01, 2010 | Departments | Jackie Roembke

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense." — Gertrude Stein, author

Information overload plagues most of us these days. Blackberries and cell phones feed us text messages whether we want them or not. Global news is available instantly to anyone with an internet connection. Powerful, cheap computers let anyone develop in-depth analyses and graphics from online databases. (Psst... Want to know the trendline growth of China’s hog population? Check...

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Pest Control: Fumigation 101

April 01, 2010 | Feature | Jackie Roembke

If your firm has used fumigants, you’re no stranger to fumigation management plans (FMP). A FMP is a written record providing specific logistical, performance, and contact information to help "characterize" the fumigation of a commodity storage site. Designed to ensure legal and effective fumigation, FMPs ensure the safety of the applicators, the storage facility employees, the surrounding community, and the environment. Consequently, FMPs must be enforced from within each organization...

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Diluting Damaged Grain: A Blend of Legal Issues?

April 01, 2010 | Departments | Jackie Roembke

The 2009 growing season may go down as one of the most challenging from a grain handling perspective. Problems abounded with respect to quality, moisture, test weight, storage losses, and transportation of a tremendous volume of corn. The untimely frosts and wet weather experienced in many areas of the corn belt tested the patience of even the most seasoned farmers, elevator managers, livestock producers, and for some, hard lessons were learned with respect to inventory management and...

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Granulation: A Novel Method to Improve the Bulk Density and Flowability of Distillers Grains with So

April 01, 2010 | Feature | Jackie Roembke

The growth in fuel ethanol production has dramatically increased the production of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a granular bulk product obtained from the non-fermentable residues of corn during ethanol bioprocessing using the dry grind production process.
For every bushel of corn converted into ethanol — a third which constitutes the unfermentables — is dried and sold as DDGS. Since DDGS is primarily used as a feed ingredient for livestock diet rations (beef cattle, swine...

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2010 Grain Testing Trends

April 01, 2010 | Feature | Jackie Roembke

The cold, wet harvest of 2009/10 brought with it, not only handling problems, but increased incidents of vomitoxins, a mycotoxin which is a naturally occurring chemicals produced by a variety of molds; and they will continue to be a thorn in the side of elevators into the future.

“It’s been an unusual year indeed,” says Paul Pfeiffer, territory managers — grain & milling, Neogen, says. “In some areas, elevators are lucky to get one out of 10 trucks with an acceptable level in some areas.”

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Challenge Convention

April 01, 2010 | Editors Note | Jackie Roembke

While driving through the empty expanses of Central Illinois, returning to Wisconsin after my visit to Griggsville, IL-based JBS United, Inc., I found the inspiration for this column. Tuned into National Public Radio, the guest speaker noted a Russian proverb: “The tallest stalk of wheat is always the first to get cut down.” I had heard it before; however, on this occasion, it took on a whole new meaning.

In the realm of industry — where there is more at stake than the bruising of an ego —...

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Granulation: A Novel Method to Improve the Bulk Density and Flowability of Distillers Grains with So

April 01, 2010 | Departments | Jackie Roembke

The growth in fuel ethanol production has dramatically increased the production of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a granular bulk product obtained from the non-fermentable residues of corn during ethanol bioprocessing using the dry grind production process.
For every bushel of corn converted into ethanol — a third which constitutes the unfermentables — is dried and sold as DDGS. Since DDGS is primarily used as a feed ingredient for livestock diet rations (beef cattle, swine...

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Turning Opportunity Into Profit

April 01, 2010 | Feature | Jackie Roembke

On occasion, opportunity falls into your lap; other times you have to seek it out. Such is the case with the evolution of JBS United Inc.’s western Illinois grain division. From successfully adopting a continuous improvement program to seeking out a unique partnership with a local feed mill, this grain terminal has not stopped innovating.

In 1998, Sheridan, IN-based JBS United Inc., an international feed nutrient and grain marketing corporation, acquired a rail terminal in Griggsville, IL....

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