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International Grains Program Hosts Grain Elevator Managers Short Course

Date Posted: January 15, 2013

Manhattan, KS—Twenty-six individuals from across the United States and Canada involved in grain storage traveled to the International Grains Program for the semi-annual Grain Elevator Managers course.

This course took place from Jan. 7-11, 2013 and included presentations from experts within Kansas State University and the grain industry.

“The purpose of this course was to supply grain-management information that is not available elsewhere and cannot be learned by on-the-job experiences, information that helps grain managers correctly interpret their experiences so they can avoid errors and become more efficient,” says Carl Reed course coordinator and IGP grain storage specialist emeritus.

Included in the course were presentations from Carl Reed and other professionals such as Wes Peterson, Custom Dryer Service LLC, classroom discussions and workshops.

Topics covered included grain quality characteristics and grading, psychometrics relating to aeration, operating costs, equipment, and fumigation plans.

Reed says this course was especially good for new managers.

An operations manager from Odem, Texas, says he would recommend this course to anyone working with storing grain.

The topics were relevant and very useful, Jason Lee, Planters Grains Coop, says.

“We wanted a better handle on aeration and how to become better managers,” Lee says.

“I have learned a lot about aeration and how different to do it in order to correct it and not lose so much to shrink.”

Reed believes in using these opportunities as a way for participants to network with each other as well, and several participants took advantage of that experience.

Steve Dehotal, operations manager for Maplehurst Farms, says that was one of his favorite aspects of the course along with learning about the Hal Ross Flour Mill.

“I’ve really enjoyed visiting with the people from different parts of the country and touring the school,” Dehotal says.

“The most interesting part was touring the flour mill, I’d never seen anything like it before.”

This is just one example of the trainings offered through IGP.

In addition to feed manufacturing and grain management, IGP offers courses in the areas of flour milling and grain processing, and grain marketing and risk management.

For more information visit the IGP website at

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