The U.S. Grains Council recently released a report that serves as an important piece of the competitive global market in promoting our corn.

The Corn Export Quality Report measures the quality of U.S. corn sampled at the point of loading for exports and is conducted as a service to foreign buyers and other interested parties.

Export channels at the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Northwest and inland terminals shipping by rail to Mexico are reported. Earlier in the marketing year, the UGGS also conducts a Corn Harvest Quality Report surveying corn quality at the farm gate.

Together, these two reports are intended to provide reliable information on U.S. corn quality for the current marketing year, based on a transparent and consistent methodology.

This year’s report finds that while there is year-over-year variability by each export channel, 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 deoxynivalenol is low, with all samples tested below the Food and Drug Administration action levels and 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.

“We set out to raise the bar with data reporting,” said Tom Sleight, USGC 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. The interest generated in the report demonstrates we are meeting and exceeding their needs,” Sleight said.