USGC reports high quality for 2012 crop

By EPM Staff | January 16, 2013

In its Corn Harvest Quality Report 2012/13, the U.S. Grains council reported that the overall quality of the 2012 U.S. corn crop is high, and improved over the prior year across a range of test factors. While total U.S. corn production last year fell due to the drought, the crop showed year-over-year improvement in average test weight, protein levels and density, as well as lower moisture and broken corn and foreign material.

For the harvest quality report, samples of U.S. corn were gathered from the 12 states that produce a combined 99 percent of the U.S. corn exports. Tests conducted on the samples cover grading factors, such as test weight, physical factors such as stress cracks, and other items, including moisture, protein starch, oil and mycotoxins.

“The samples tested demonstrate that this year’s U.S. corn crop, while smaller due to the drought, is of outstanding quality overall,” said Erick Erickson, USGC director of global strategies.