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Cheryl Anderson DTN Staff Reporter

Wednesday 04/09/14

USGC Corn Export Quality Report Released

The 2013/2014 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report was released this week by the U.S. Grains Council, according to an article on the Council's website (http://bit.ly/…).

The report is based on U.S. corn sampled and measured at the point of loading for export from three export channels: the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Northwest and inland terminals shipping corn by rail to Mexico.

The report found overall quality of U.S. corn continues to be very good, and regularly exceeds standards for U.S. No. 2 on all grading scales.

The report also found the incidence of aflatoxin and DON in U.S. corn is very low, as all samples tested were below FDA action/advisory levels.

This is important for exports of U.S.-produced dried distillers grains as well. All nutrients in corn are concentrated by three times in the resulting DDG by the distillation process. Likewise, any levels of mycotoxins are also concentrated three-fold. So a safe report of U.S. corn ensures safety in DDG exports as well.

In coming weeks, the council will be presenting the report to buyers around the world. U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight said this level of data reporting is unparalleled.

"The council is providing an unmatched level of information about the U.S. corn crop, reinforcing the U.S. reputation for quality, reliability and transparency," Sleight said.

This marks the third year the council has released the report.

Cheryl Anderson can be reached at Cheryl.anderson@dtn.com.

(CZ)

Posted at 11:24AM CDT 04/09/14 by Cheryl Anderson
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