U.S. Farmers Assist With Corn Quality Rollouts

The Council is rolling out the latest edition of the corn harvest quality reports at events around the world in early 2018. ( U.S. Grains Council )

The U.S. Grains Council is rolling out information on the quality of the 2017 corn crop to buyers and end-users around the world, aided in many cases by U.S. farmers who are sharing their own experiences growing new crop corn. 

The annual series of events presents the results of the 2017/2018 Corn Harvest Quality Report, released this December. The presentations, meetings and conferences started as the new report became public and will continue through early 2018 to arm global customers with clear expectations regarding corn quality for this marketing year.

Farmers from Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin are joining the Council overseas to provide their perspectives on the 2017 U.S. corn crop during events in Colombia, Mexico, Taiwan, Peru, Japan, South Korea and Tunisia. Attention to and participation in these events is growing, with new events being added in places like Mexico, where the rollouts occurred during two separate missions due to an increased level of interest in the quality information.

“The focus of the events may be the data, but the voices of those who produce the crop provide an important perspective on the data that customers are eager to hear,” said Deb Keller, USGC chairman and farmer from central Iowa. “By providing transparent information on new crop corn quality, the Council and these farmer participants help maintain a trusted relationship with our customers.”

The crop quality data and farmer presentations are accompanied by information on U.S. corn grading and handling. This information helps provide a better understanding of how U.S. corn is moved and handled through export channels for a varied audience of international grain buyers, end-users and even government officials.

These efforts to aggregate and share information on the corn crop each year could not be accomplished without the support of the Council's membership," Keller said. "We do what we can because of the support of U.S. farmers and agribusinesses."

Recently-completed corn quality events in Columbia covered six cities and included participants representing major commercial feed producers, the country's largest broiler producer, the largest layer producers and traders, government representatives, pork authorities and private customs agencies. Crop quality presentations were also recently completed in Mexico, supported by farmer participants from Iowa and Indiana. Ongoing events in Taiwan and Peru with farmer participants from Missouri, Ohio and Illinois took place recently, followed by events in Japan, South Korea and Tunisia.

The 2017/2018 Corn Harvest Quality Report is the seventh in the Council's annual corn quality survey. It revealed that the majority of the 2017 corn crop conditions were rated as good or excellent during the growing season, leading to strong plant health, good kernel size and a projected record yield of 370.3 million metric tons (14.58 billion bu.), the second largest crop on record.

Learn more about the report here.