Back-to-back grain grading workshops set May 6-7 in Amarillo

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Dr. Steve Amosson, 806-677-5600, samosson@ag.tamu.edu

AMARILLO – The 25th consecutive year of grain grading workshops hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will include two one-day trainings May 6-7, according to Dr. Steve Amosson, AgriLife Extension economist.

Dr. Steve Amosson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, hands provides grain samples for participants in a past workshop to identify foreign matter and damaged kernels. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Dr. Steve Amosson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, provides grain samples for participants in a past workshop to identify foreign matter and damaged kernels. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Each day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd. in Amarillo.

The program is designed for corn, sorghum and wheat grain handlers and producers, Amosson said. Information from the workshop will help participants recognize the different types of damages that occur in these grains and how those damages affect grade.

A registration fee of $70 is required to cover the costs associated with instruction, lunch, materials and equipment, he said. Preregistration is required, as each workshop is limited to 60 participants. The last day for registration is May 2.

To register, go to http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and click on the link in the Upcoming Events section. While this is the preferred method of registration and payment, payment can be made at the door for those already registered, Amosson said.

Six certified crop advisor continuing education units in crop management will be offered each day, he said.

The grain grading workshops are co-sponsored by the Panhandle Grain and Feed Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association and AgriLife Extension.

Course instructors are Amosson; Gale Calkins, retired from the Federal Grain Inspection Service, Wichita, Kan.; Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Amarillo; and Dr. James Welch, AgriLife Extension economist-grain marketing and policy, College Station.

Topics covered will include: why grade grain; grain quality and the feedlot industry; grain standards and upcoming changes; and hands-on sessions for identifying damages and grades in wheat, sorghum and corn.

For more information, contact Leon Guerrero at 806-677-5600.

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