Grade factors and moisture
- Average test weight of 58.2 pounds per bushel (74.9 kilograms per hectoliter), with 94.2 percent within the range for U.S. No. 1 grade corn. This test weight indicates good kernel filling and maturation.
- Low levels of broken corn and foreign material, with 98 percent within the range for U.S. No. 2 grade, indicating little cleaning will be required.
- Low levels of total damage, with 96.1 percent within the range for U.S. No. 2 grade.
- No observed heat damage.
- Average elevator moisture of 15.7 percent, which will decrease the potential for stress cracking.
- Average protein concentration of 8.2 percent (dry basis).
- High average starch concentration of 73.6 percent (dry basis), indicating good growing conditions and excellent kernel filling and maturation, which will be beneficial for wet millers.
- Average oil concentration of 3.8 percent (dry basis).
- Extremely low percentage of stress cracks and low stress crack index, which is likely due to excellent field dry-down conditions at harvest with little artificial drying.
- High average kernel volume of 0.27 cubic centimeters.
- 100-kernel weight average of 34.34 grams, signifying larger kernels than in previous years.
- Lower than average kernel true density of 1.254 grams per cubic centimeter, indicating softer kernels compared to 2014 and the four-year average.
- Whole kernel percentage, on average, of 94.9 percent, which indicates corn should have fewer broken kernels and more resistance to molds than in previous years.
- Average percentage of horneous (hard) endosperm of 79 percent.
- One hundred percent of the samples tested below the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) action level for aflatoxins.
- One hundred percent of the samples tested below the FDA advisory level for deoxynivalenol (DON).