Thinking Outside the Bin

Thinking Outside the Bin

February March 2014 | Bryce Goodell

As farming operations grow larger and yields continue their climb higher, many commer­cial grain facilities are faced with the chal­lenge of handling higher volumes.

Reduce Costs and Improve Productivity with Portable Feed Analysis

October November 2013 | Online Exclusive | William D. Grube

The feed manufacturing business has become increasingly challenging as manufacturers are squeezed between the volatility of the grain commodities market and the relative inflexibility of international food pricing. Feed manufacturers are under increased pressure to produce consistently high-quality feed at a cost that allows them to remain solvent in the face of increased ingredient prices. 

How to Decontaminate a Dry Grain Processing Facility
A row of chlorine dioxide gas cannisters line a dry grain facility in preparation for Salmonella spp. decontamination.

How to Decontaminate a Dry Grain Processing Facility

February March 2014 | Feature | Paul Lorcheim

A 280,000-cubic-foot protein powder grinding, dry­ing and packaging facility had a Salmonella spp. con­tamination of some of the equipment. The facility was nearly impossible to decontaminate using conventional methods, not only because it was a large facility, but also because of its height. It was 90 feet tall with three floors in need of decontamination (the second through fourth floors).

USDA Estimates Reasonably Close to Expectations

USDA Estimates Reasonably Close to Expectations

| Online Exclusive | Darrel Good

March 1 stocks of corn were estimated at 7.006 billion bushels, about 100 million less than the average trade guess.  The stocks estimate implies that feed and residual use of corn in the domestic market during the first half of the current marketing year totaled 3.851 billion bushels.

UIUC Evaluates U.S. Corn Yields by Region

UIUC Evaluates U.S. Corn Yields by Region

| Online Exclusive | Gary Schnitkey

In 2013, counties in the eastern U.S. had corn yields above trend yields while the western corn-belt had below trend yields, resulting in a U.S. corn yield near trend.  An evaluation of county yields for years between 2004 through 2013 suggests that corn yields have to be above average across the vast majority of the corn-belt counties for the U.S. to have a corn yield significantly above trend.  Similarly, county yields in the majority of corn-belt counties have to be below average for...

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