THE U.S. Grains Council recently released its 2013-14 "Corn Export Cargo Quality Report" and will begin presenting the report's findings to buyers and other stakeholders around the world in the coming weeks.
The report, which is now in its third year, measures the quality of U.S. corn sampled at the point of loading for export. Three export channels are included: the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Northwest and inland terminals shipping by rail to Mexico.
The new report notes that while there is year-over-year variability for each export channel, overall quality continues to be very good, with the average aggregate quality of exported corn exceeding standards for U.S. No. 2 on all grading scales.
Additionally, the incidence of aflatoxin and deoxynivalenol is very low, with all samples testing below the Food & Drug Administration's action or advisory levels.
Compared to a year ago, exported corn had a slightly lower test weight, a higher moisture content due to a wetter year and a higher incidence of stress cracks and broken kernels, which was likely due to additional drying, the council said.
"We set out to raise the bar with data reporting," council president and chief executive officer Tom Sleight said. "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.
"Our purpose is to give U.S. corn buyers reliable and timely information," Sleight said. "The interest generated in the report demonstrates that we are meeting and exceeding their needs."
A full copy of the report can be found online at www.grains.org.