USGC Rolls Out Corn Harvest Quality Information In Tunisia

CQ rollout in Tunis

More than 90 feed millers, poultry and livestock producers, importers and end-users from eight countries in the Middle East and Africa region attended the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) corn quality rollout in Tunis, Tunisia, last month. 

More than 90 feed millers, poultry and livestock producers, importers and end-users from eight countries in the Middle East and Africa region attended the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) corn quality rollout in Tunis, Tunisia, last month. 

Corn Export Quality Report a Touchstone for Buyers

Corn Export Quality Report Roll-Out

In only their third year, the U.S. Grains Council's dual corn quality reports -- the first measuring quality at harvest; the second, at export -- have become key reference points for foreign buyers and end-users in key markets around the world. This week, Alvaro Cordero, USGC manager of global trade, shared the Export Cargo Quality Report with appreciative audiences in Japan and Taiwan.

Questioning was vigorous, as buyers acknowledged the generally satisfactory quality of the U.S. crop but honed in on differences between the 2012 and 2013 crops, as well as qualitative changes due to handling since harvest.

Old Friend Sources US Again: USGC Report Addresses Concerns

Korea Corn Export Quality Report Seminar

The highly sophisticated Korean market, which has the ability to diversify sourcing and reformulate rations in response to pricing, has once again returned to purchasing U.S. corn. Driven by the record 2013 U.S. corn crop, so far this marketing year (Sept. 1 through April 24), U.S. corn exports to Korea have totaled almost 3.3 million metric tons (130 million bushels) versus 359,000 tons (14 million bushels) over the same period last year.

USGC Presents Corn Export Quality Report Across Latin America

corn export cargo quality report 2013-14

After several years of lagging behind competitors from South America – for reasons ranging from quality concerns to high prices to a lack of ratified free trade agreements – grain exports from the United States to the Western Hemisphere are rebounding dramatically. So far this marketing year (Sept. 1 through April 17), U.S. corn exports have totaled more than 12 million metric tons (472 million bushels) versus 4 million tons (157 million bushels) over the same period last year.

Quality Counts: USGC Rolls Out Export Report in Mexico

corn export cargo quality report 2013-14 rollout

"It is important for our customers to know and understand just what happened throughout the crop year," said Deb Keller, U.S. Grains Council at-large director. "And being there, meeting face-to-face with our end-users, engaging in year-long conversations, keeps us part of the game."

Last week, USGC representatives traveled throughout Mexico to present the findings of the Council's 2013/2014 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report to importers and end-users.

2013/2014 Export Quality Report Shows Third Year of Low Aflatoxins in U.S. Corn

Corn Aflatoxin testing

This week's U.S. Grains Council Chart of the Week shows a continued low incidence of aflatoxin in U.S. corn according to the Council's 2013/2014 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report. While the reports for all three years show low incidence of aflatoxin in U.S. corn, the levels in the 2013 crop are the lowest of the three.

As this chart shows, only 7.6 percent of tested samples had aflatoxin levels greater than the minimum level of detection (0.5 parts per billion) compared with 22.2 percent in 2012 and 14.1 percent in 2011.

U.S. Grains Council Releases 2013/2014 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report

Corn Export Cargo Quality Report 2013-14

The U.S. Grains Council recently released its 2013/2014 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report and will begin presenting the report's findings to buyers and other stakeholders around the world in coming weeks.

The Export Quality Report measures the quality of U.S. corn sampled at the point of loading for export. Three export channels are reported: the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Northwest and inland terminals shipping by rail to Mexico.

Back by Popular Demand: Corn Export Quality Report Rolls Out to International Buyers

Corn Export Quality Report

This week, U.S. Grains Council staff is heading to international destinations to present the Council's 2013/2014 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report to buyers and other stakeholders around the world.

"Our purpose is to give buyers reliable and timely information," said U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight. "That's what they expect from us, and the great interest in the report demonstrates that we are meeting a real need."

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