APRIL 2013


(Posted Thu. Apr 4th, 2013)

Apr. 4: The U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, released the second annual USGC Corn Export Cargo Quality Report yesterday. Despite the severe drought in 2012 that reduced the projected size of the U.S. corn crop, testing indicated the 2012 crop was superior in quality across a number of key variables to the U.S. 2011 harvest, which was already a high quality crop.

“The National Corn Growers Association is extremely pleased with the findings of this report and, as farmers, we are pleased to be able to offer a quality crop,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “As a founding member of USGC, NCGA supports efforts like this report because we understand the importance of sharing accurate, current information with our customers. U.S. corn farmers have a great story to tell. Despite enduring the worst drought in five decades, we have produced one of the ten largest corn crops on record and continued our commitment to improving the quality of the corn we grow.”

First released in May 2012, the Export Cargo Report provides the results of tests conducted on corn samples collected during the U.S. government-licensed sampling and inspection process for U.S. corn export shipments.

This year's report indicates that export samples had a higher test weight, lower incidence of broken corn and foreign material and lower moisture than the 2011/12 export samples. In chemical composition, the report observes higher protein levels and lower starch, with oil content also higher. The 2012/13 export samples also show fewer stress cracks, have higher true density, a higher proportion of whole kernels and a higher percentage of horneous or hard endosperm, which are all favorable trends.

Despite early concerns, mycotoxin testing results showed a lower percentage of samples containing aflatoxins in levels greater than or equal to 5.0 parts per billion and a lower percentage of samples containing deoxynivalenol/vomitoxin in levels greater than or equal to 0.5 ppm. All samples tested below or equal to the FDA action level of 20 ppb for aflatoxins and the FDA advisory level of 5 ppm for DON.

"To enhance the quality of information we provide to export customers about the quality of the U.S. corn supply, the Council in 2011 initiated a series of annual Corn Quality Reports," said USGC Chairman Don Fast. "These are developed in two parts. First, we publish a Harvest Quality Report that surveys U.S. corn quality at harvest as it enters the marketing system. Then a follow-up report in April, the Export Cargo Quality Report, looks at the quality of the corn crop as it is assembled for export early in the marketing year.

"These two reports provide a systematic annual look at the quality of the U.S. corn crop, using reliable data and a transparent, consistent methodology each year. We have established processes for sample collection and testing, and as we follow those processes year after year we will assemble a reliable and comparable database of transparent, objective information about U.S. corn quality."

Click here to find the whole report.