Grains Council Export Report Highlights Quality of 2012 Corn Crop

Despite the 2012 drought - testing has indicated the 2012 U.S. corn crop was superior in quality across a number of key variables to the high quality 2011 harvest. That's according to the U.S. Grains Council Export Cargo Quality Report.

The report provides the results of tests on corn samples collected during the U.S. government-licensed sampling and inspection process for U.S. corn export shipments. According to this year's report - export samples had a higher test weight, lower incidence of broken corn and foreign material and lower moisture as compared to the 2011-12 export samples. As for chemical composition - the report observed higher protein levels and lower starch - with oil content also higher.

In 2011 - U.S. Grains Council Chairman Don Fast says the Council imitated a series of annual Corn Quality Reports to enhance the quality of information provided to export customers about the quality of the U.S. corn supply.

A Harvest Quality Report surveys U.S. corn quality at harvest as it enters the marketing system. This Export Cargo Quality Report is a follow-up to that report and looks at the quality of the corn as it is assembled for export early in the marketing year.

Fast says the 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. He says processes for sample collection and testing have been established. As those processes are followed year after year - Fast says the Council will assemble a reliable and comparable database of transparent, objective information about U.S. corn quality.

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