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

April/May 2014 | 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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What to Expect From the March 1 Soybean Stocks Estimate

What to Expect From the March 1 Soybean Stocks Estimate

| Online Exclusive | Darrel Good

On March 31, the USDA will release an estimate of soybean stocks as of March 1.  Typically, the most interest in the quarterly stocks estimates is focused on corn because these reports reveal the apparent pace of feed and residual use during the previous quarter and that USE is a very large component of total corn consumption. 

Preventing PEDv: Take Another Look At Biosecurity And Nutrition

Preventing PEDv: Take Another Look At Biosecurity And Nutrition

April/May 2014 | Online Exclusive |

PEDv, caused by a member of the family Coronaviridae, is a fast spreading virus, with a short incubation period (two to four days). It can affect pigs of all ages, but is strongest in sows, gilts, nursing and recently weaned pigs. PEDv is mainly transmitted via indirect or direct contact through fecal/oral means. It can also spread by fomites, aerosol emissions and most recently through transmission of feed ingredients.

Potential Growth in Corn Used for Ethanol Production

Potential Growth in Corn Used for Ethanol Production

| Online Exclusive | Darrel Good

In addition to increased feed consumption of corn in the domestic and foreign markets, there are also indications that domestic corn consumption could be boosted by growing export demand for ethanol.  It is argued that the combination of generally high crude oil prices, and therefore high gasoline prices, in relation to ethanol prices will make ethanol an attractive source of octane around the world.  With corn prices at current levels, U.S. ethanol is very competitively priced in the...

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Familiar Feeling of Well-guarded Optimism with Farm Bill Prospects

Familiar Feeling of Well-guarded Optimism with Farm Bill Prospects

January 2014 | Departments | Legal Q&A | Brad McKinney

The last few weeks of November saw great promise on Farm Bill passage fade into familiar skepticism, as issues related to both policy and politics continued to impede progress of the conference committee. House Republican leadership had set a deadline of Dec. 13 for Farm Bill conferees to bring a conference- negotiated bill to the House floor, a deadline that seemed all but out of reach when conference committee leaders halted their negotiations before the Thanksgiving break without...

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King of the Hill: Who Feeds a Growing World?

January 2014 | Departments | Merchandisers' Corner | Diana Klemme

What kid hasn’t played “King of the Hill” at some point — battling to the top, and then having to defend their hard-won turf? U.S. grain exporters have faced that same battle in recent years even as global consumption, production and imports around the world have climbed sharply. Let’s face it: The U.S. has lost our position at the top of the hill in most exports. Chart 1 shows that exports of corn, soybeans and wheat have been nearly flat overall for 20 years, while foreign exports have...

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Making the Most of your Marketing Efforts: Reconsider Your Customers Needs

January 2014 | Departments | Manager's Notebook | By Joan Fulton and John Foltz

Today’s business environment is more competitive than ever. As a successful manager in the feed and grain industry, you are actively responding to the many demands of this ever challenging business environment, which likely includes a multifaceted marketing program. It is easy to become focused on all of the immediate decisions that need to be made (such as approving the latest update to your website; finalizing the price quote that is due within the hour, etc.). In this column we invite...

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Web-based Feed Wizard Unites Manufacturer and Consumer

January 2014 | Feature | By Steven Kilger

The rise of the Internet has created a new business atmosphere, one where businesses are playing a constant game of catch-up, with consumer trends changing as soon as industries grow comfortable with them. In response to this rapidly changing pace, the feed and grain industry is starting to implement newer, more efficient technology. In the last decade, facility automation has gone from cutting edge to the norm, tablets and smartphones have begun their integration into facility...

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10 Things To See At IPPE

10 Things To See At IPPE

January 2014 | Special Report | Elise Schafer

The International Production & Processing Expo is the most anticipated event of the year for the feed, poultry and meat industries. Consisting of three expos in one — International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and International Meat Expo — it is the ultimate destination for anyone involved in animal agriculture from production through processing.

There is truly something for everybody at the IPPE, ranging from hour-long educational sessions to off-site networking opportunities...

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Congress Moves on Key Waterways Infrastructure Act

January 2014 | Feature | By Erin Anthony

With more than 60% of exported U.S. grain transported via inland waterways and a large percent of farm and ranch exports and imports moving through U.S. harbors, new projects for flood protection, port improvements and upgrades to the nation’s aging locks and dams are critical for all involved in agriculture, and the nation’s economy as a whole.

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