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.
“We set out to raise the bar with data reporting,” said Tom Sleight, U.S. Grains Council president and CEO. “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.”
Now in its third year, the release of the Corn Export Quality Report has become a much-anticipated annual event, attracting large audiences around the world for the roll-out presentations.
“Our purpose is to give U.S. corn buyers reliable and timely information,” Sleight said. “The interest generated in the report demonstrates we are meeting and exceeding their needs.”
This year’s report finds — while there is year-over-year variability by each export channel — that overall quality continues to be very good with the average aggregate quality of export corn exceeding standards for U.S. No. 2 on all grading scales. In addition, the incidence of aflatoxin and DON is very low, with all samples tested below the FDA action levels/advisory levels. As compared to a year ago, other findings included slightly lower test weight, higher moisture content due to a wetter year, and a higher incidence of stress cracks and broken kernels, likely due to additional drying.