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OEM Donations Drive KSU Feed Mill Forward

| Online Exclusive | Baldor Electric Company

Kansas State University Feed Science and Management program, includes a modern, automated 5-ton-per-hour production and teaching feed mill and a biosafety level 2 teaching and research feed mill. This 142-foot-tall, state-of-the-art facility opened in October 2013.

D4 RINs in 2014 Have Fallen Dramatically

| Online Exclusive | By Nick Paulson

The potential impact of EPA's proposed rulemaking for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard mandate levels and an update on RIN stocks and takes a look at the pace of RIN generation so far in 2014.

A total of more than 2.7 billion D4 RINs were generated in 2013, providing more than enough for compliance with the 1.92 billion RIN gallon (1.28 billion volumetric gallons) mandate level.

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. 

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

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

| 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

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

| 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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Alaskan Brewing Company Uses Sonic Horn to Clear Boiler Ash Buildup

| Online Exclusive | Steven Kilger

An innovative brewery in Alaska has installed a sonic horn to help improve ash flow and prevent clogging in the exhaust stream of an ingenious hybrid boiler system that uses spent grain from the brewing process as fuel.  Ash accumulation issues had been forcing the company to shut down its equipment to cool and manually clean the swirlers and collectors of its ash handler on a weekly basis.  The process required an outage of 3-4 days, including as much as twelve hours of maintenance time...

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GIPSA Regulations Related to Weighing of Livestock and Feed Amended

August/September 2013 | Online Exclusive | By Jacob D. Bylund, Scott L. Halbur

After more than five years of deliberation, including an extended period for comments from stakeholders, the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) final amended regulations take effect Friday, September 20, 2013.The USDA initially provided notice of proposed rulemaking related to the weighing of livestock and feed on February 11, 2008. The extended comment period for the proposed rules ended on May 21, 2008 after 33 comments...

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Falling Commodity Prices May Change Planting Trends

| Online Exclusive | By Bob Young, American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist & Deputy Executive Director, Public Policy

After more than a few fairly good years for crop producers, 2014 is shaping up as a year where farmers are going to need to spend a little more time sharpening their pencils, a little more time sharing a cup of coffee with those that help them market their crops and maybe not looking at as much new paint as they did in 2012 or 2013.  While we are still likely to see one of the most productive years ever for the sector and cash receipts will be much higher than what we observed throughout...

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10 Sweep Auger Safety Principles

February/March 2013 | Online Exclusive | By Amanda R. Strainis-Walker and Eric J. Conn

Attorneys with the law firm Epstein Becker Green's OSHA practice office in Washington, D.C. recently resolved a citation delivered by OSHA to an IL grain company due to an sweep auger violation. The citation was withdrawn and the agency agreed to allow employees to work in grain bins with energized sweep augers in the future assuming they comply with the agreed upon terms of the 10 Sweep Auger Safety Principles outlined in its settlement agreement. 

Below is the list of Sweep Auger...

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Practical Application of the Sweep Auger Safety Principles

January 2013 | Online Exclusive | By Amanda R. Strainis-Walker and Eric J. Conn

As part of the settlement negotiations that resulted in the Ten Sweep Auger Safety Principles, the cited employer also developed and submitted for OSHA’s review and approval, a specific Sweep Auger Policy that included actual, practical engineering and administrative controls the employer intended to use at its facilities.  The following is a non-exhaustive list of the engineering and administrative controls that OSHA affirmatively approved as being consistent with the Ten Sweep Auger...

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Cost Advantages of Point-of-Use Dust Collection in Dump Pit Applications

January 2013 | Online Exclusive | By Chrissy Klocker, Donaldson Torit Applications Engineer

Grain, feed, and seed facilities are often faced with a dirty situation when designing dust collection for rail car and truck dump pits. Designing a dump pit with good dust collection in mind not only addresses the dirty situation but can save you operational time and money.

Traditional dust collection for these applications includes local hoods that capture nuisance dust using large volumes of air that are then transferred to a remote baghouse dust collector. With an integrated...

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