Turkey changed customs duty rate for wheat, barley and corn

October 22nd, 2020 – With the Presidential decree, it was informed that the customs duty applied on the imports of durum wheat, common wheat, red wheat, maize, white barley, malt barley and corn was reset until January 1, 2021.

With the Supplementary Decision to the Import Regime Decision, the customs duty on wheat, barley and corn up to 45 percent according to country groups was zeroed.

Customs duty was 45 percent on wheat, 35 percent on barley and 25 percent on corn.

The reason for the decision is the increase in world grain prices due to the decision of major grain exporting countries such as Russia and Ukraine to restrict exports due to the Kovid-19 outbreak, and China and similar importing countries to increase wheat imports. Turkey’s target is to avoid local price increases.

The decision was published in the official newspaper as of yesterday.

Turkish Grain Board started selling wheat and barley

October 16th, 2020 – Turkish Grain Board (TMO) announced the prices which will be valid for October 2020. TMO informed about its main tasks to as follows; To prevent the prices of cereals and legumes from falling below normal in terms of producers, from rising abnormally against the consumer public and to take measures to regulate the market of these products.

TMO informed that it is estimated that wheat production, which was 19 million tons in 2019, will increase by 8% to 20.5 million tons in 2020, and barley production, which was 7.6 million tons in 2019, will increase by 9% to 8.3 million tons in 2020 (TURKSTAT).

Considering that the wheat consumption is around 19 million tons, Turkey’s production is at levels to meet domestic consumption.

However, it is observed that there is an expectation that the price increases in domestic markets will continue due to the rainfall in some regions during the harvest period causing some loss of quality, and the recent increase in foreign markets and the exchange rate.

The Turkish Grain Board emphasised at the same time that the organization creates its stocks primarily through domestic purchases during the harvest period, and after the harvest period is over, it reinforces its stocks with import without causing our producers to suffer. Imports are carried out to ensure stability in the domestic market, to protect the consumer and to prevent speculative price movements during the season.

TMO added that grain markets and price increases are closely monitored by TMO organization, and within this scope, it has been decided that 305 thousand tons of wheat and 75 thousand tons of barley from TMO organization’s stocks will be put on sale in October at the following prices.

In this context, the sales prices for October 2020 are as follows:

  • Domestic Bread Wheat No: 2; 224 USD / Ton,
  • Imported Bread Wheat (12.5 Pro); 230 USD / Ton,
  • Imported Bread Wheat (13,5 Pro); 233 USD / Ton,
  • Domestic Durum Wheat No: 2; 246 USD / Ton,
  • Imported Durum Wheat; 252 USD / Ton,
  • Domestic Barley; 170 USD / Ton,
  • Imported Barley; 173 USD / Ton

Symaga Group take another step in their commitment to sustainability

October 15th, 2020 – Symaga Group’s installation of a photovoltaic solar energy generation plant to power their factory in Villarta de San Juan is another step in their commitment to sustainability and respect for the environment.

In 2018 they consolidated their commitment when they implemented an Environmental Management System ISO 14001.

Using one of the covers of their buildings they have installed a system of solar panels that will generate green energy. This first phase will supply 25 percent of the total energy consumed in Symaga Group, aiming for 100 percent in the second phase.

Within Symaga’s continuous improvement for manufacturing plan, the entrance to the plant has been reorganised at a logistical level, improving the internal traffic of trucks, vehicles and parking spaces for over 3,500 trucks that come and go every year.

Two buildings have been rebuilt, the first to control the entry and exit of vehicles, with a room to give occupational risk prevention to all visitors and the second building with a new training and meeting room for the production team.

Visit the Symaga Group website, HERE.

Depart at its new location

October 13th, 2020 – Depart, which has been showing a rising trend since its establishment, is working to deliver the spare parts needed by the mills to its domestic and foreign customers economically without compromising the principle of customer satisfaction, has moved to its new building in Çorum.

The new building will include the Depart Logistics Center with a 972 m2 spare parts warehouse, the Technical Pricing Department and the Deserve brand, which provides after-sales services on a global scale.

Depart receives engineering and product support from Alapala Makine, which produces high-quality machines such as grinding, cleaning, filtering, weighing and packaging systems, as well as cooperating with world-renowned suppliers and manufacturers to serve its customers with quality parts.

Depart attaches importance to being in close cooperation with R&D and production, and strives to carry its service level to a higher level than ever before.

IPPE 2021 announces cancellation

October 10th, 2020 – IPPE 2021, due to take place January 26-28th, 2021, has been cancelled. The organisers announced the event cancellation earlier today in the following press release:

‘The health and safety of all IPPE participants is paramount. After thoughtful and thorough consideration, show management for the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has made the difficult decision to not hold the in-person component of IPPE 2021 in Atlanta, scheduled for January 26-28th. The decision was based on numerous factors, including extensive surveys, direct feedback from our industries and other stakeholders, as well as the expected decrease in participation due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“For many decades, our industries have engaged in an in-person event to serve and connect leaders in networking, learning opportunities and experiencing new technology. However, we concluded that due to the challenges of the pandemic and safety concerns, we could not offer the type of experience the industries have come to expect by bringing key decision-makers from across the globe to Atlanta,’ said IPPE show management. 

‘To ensure the essential industries remain connected, IPPE show management will offer exhibitor marketplace engagement and a slate of educational programs for attendees and exhibitors during the week the event is scheduled and beyond. Further details regarding the education programs and engagement opportunities are forthcoming. 

‘We are replicating the elements that can deliver the most value in a digital environment. While we know we cannot simply transfer the live, in-person experience of IPPE to an online offering, we will provide buyer engagement through an exhibitor marketplace showcase with direct communication options with industry suppliers in addition to online educational opportunities,’ stated IPPE show management. ‘Even though we cannot offer an in-person event in 2021, we look forward to the global poultry, egg, meat and animal food industries returning to Atlanta for what is expected to be a much anticipated IPPE, scheduled January 25-27th, 2022.’

For more information, visit the IPPE website.

Sukup Manufacturing Co. breaks record

October 9th, 2020 – Sukup Manufacturing Co., founded by Eugene and Mary Sukup in 1963, which is today one of the leading companies in silos, has broken a record. Sukup Manufacturing Co. designed and manufactured the world’s largest free span grain bin, with a diameter of 165 feet. The previous record-holding bin has a diameter of 156 feet, which Sukup also manufactured and designed.

Ground was broken for the new bin on September 14, 2020, at Golden Grain Energy, an ethanol production plant in Mason City, Iowa, USA. Representatives from Sukup Manufacturing attended, as well as representatives from partner organisations Buresh Building Systems Inc., a Sukup dealer located in Hampton, Iowa, and construction partner McGough Construction out of St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

The bin will hold 2.2 million bushels, and will include 30 rings with a peak height of 155 feet and 7 inches. Construction is expected to be complete in May or June of 2021.

Chad Kuhlers, Golden Grain CEO, said, ‘This system will increase GGE’s grain storage from approximately 1.275 million bushels to almost 3.5 million bushels. We currently have about 10 days of storage, and the addition of this bin will increase our storage capacity to approximately 30 days of storage. In addition, GGE will increase its receiving capacity from 40,000 bushels per hour to 65,000 bushels per hour.’

‘Our customers often tell us that adding storage gives them one of the quickest returns on an investment in their facilities,’ said Brent Hansen, who manages commercial accounts for Sukup. ‘Storing grain in Sukup bins keeps it in better condition versus a temporary pile, and it’s safer, easier, and cost effective to reclaim the grain back into their processing facility. We always try to listen to our customers’ needs, which includes watching the bottom line!’

‘Sukup constantly strives push the boundaries of innovation, while maintaining the excellent customer service and high quality that the agriculture industry has come to expect of us as a family owned company,’ said Steve Sukup, President and CEO of Sukup Manufacturing. ‘We are thrilled to again have achieved the milestone of designing and manufacturing the largest freestanding grain bin in the world.’

Visit the Sukup website, HERE.

Why Cotton Cleaner still popular?

October 8th, 2020 – Over the years, we have seen that polyurethane sieve cleaners (market call it plastic cleaner) with plastic bristles have replaced the traditional cotton cleaner. However, these plastic sieve cleaners have their own set of problems and disadvantages over cotton cleaner, and cleaners and here are some interesting facts why a cotton cleaner sieve cleaner should be your preferred choice, still in the market over any other sieve cleaning aid currently available in the market, 


The fact is miller still putting theirs chose into cotton cleaner due to “OLD MILLS” who still running to the entire of the world today, and an estimate of these mills still about 40% thru all the modern mills who running today using modern and good frame who cotton cleaner is already out from this business, cost and robust is the most selection with cotton versus plastic today

The challenge you face as a miller is which sieve cleaner is better and how do you decide on which ones would give you the least total cost of ownership in the long term?

There is a whole range of varieties and quality of sieve cleaners available today in the market and it is very difficult to understand and choose the best sieve cleaners given the choice from the poorest quality to some high and quality brands with different claims about their efficiency, this might interesting part for miller right?

In the end, millers wisely choose among us what they wanted and how to accommodate it into the mills and pick the right one for the better yield extraction, for this case let the miller talk with they vendors like LEITER who always capable to give the best suits solution for this matter, do not attempt to try but consult and get the good results

As the old miller said, “knowledge is FLOUR but wisdom is BREAD”, closing by Ray Charles, “Affluence separate people, poverty knits them together. You got some sugar and I don’t, I might borrow some yours. Next month you might not have any flour, I will give you some of mine”

by Robert Cau

WPZ-5/S: Water Polisher

October 6th, 2020 – Since 1925, Industrias Machina Zaccaria S/A has been manufacturing rice, maize, bean and various cereals processing equipment and exporting to over 60 countries worldwide.

The Water Polisher WPZ-5/S attains an excellent superficial finishing of grains in large capacity, with a processing power of up to 12,000 kg/h. The WPZ-5/S has a conditioning system which is responsible for homogenising and preparing the product for the polishing chamber. Its main feature is to provide the best finish of superb quality, using the minimal amount of space required.

The WPZ-5/S has an innovative smart control system, being able to work with minimum need for human interference and monitoring.

Pellet mills: Scaling-up to boost operational efficiency

by Famsun, China

October 6th, 2020 – Famsun recently rolled out a 70t/hr pellet mill to help feed producers tackle sustainability challenges. To feed the anticipated human population of 9.8 billion by 2050, we need to promote sustainable consumption and responsible production patterns in the global food production system. As a solution-focused processing partner from farm to table, Famsun strives to be forward-thinking and is always considering how to improve production systems through better utilisation of natural resources, for example, by reducing raw material waste and energy losses.

Due to proven animal growth and feed efficiency results, the pelleting process has been a very popular processing solution in the feed industry for many decades. However, improving the pelleting line’s yield efficiency is an essential design objective to help feed factories operate more sustainably. The new Famsun K70 Pellet Mill is such a machine using this design principle. The gear driven K70 design boosts capacity while also improving energy efficiency and operational reliability, which seeks to minimise line interruptions that can create substantial raw material waste.

This giant machine is a new member of the Famsun K-Series pellet mill family, which includes the K15, K15X, K20, K25, K35, and K50. Since the initial introduction of the first K-Series model in 2014, over 350 units of this gear-driven pellet mill are now in operation around the world. The popularity of this line of pellet mills is a result of its excellent reputation to perform reliably, its ability to control product quality, and for its ease of maintenance.

The K70 Pellet Mill was developed not only by scaling-up the machine’s size from its existing models but also by incorporating the latest innovations and design considerations. By introducing this new unit, the Famsun company can help feed producers become more sustainable and allow them to continue leading the market well into the future.

Geardrive to maximise power utilisation

The gearbox is more compact, efficient, and has a long service life. Famsun gear drive pellet mills are equipped with either a German SEW or an American Rexnord gearbox, ensuring efficient power transmission. The design of the large gearbox ensures stable and trouble-free running with minimal vibration and noise (< 95 decibels). Also, the gears and bearings are designed for a service life of one million hours or more to ensure a long and stable running performance, considerably reducing downtime, maintenance, and operational costs.

Optimised design to boost capacity up to 70 t/h

The K70 drive motor can be as large as 500kW and it uses a ring die of 1,070mm in diameter. The feeding and compression structure were also optimised in this new pellet mill.

The new design optimises the working area and linear velocity of the ring die. The optimised power per unit area is between 15-to-25 percent higher than that of regular ring die. Therefore, it has dramatically increased production output. The improved feeding scraper size and angle evenly spread the mash into the compression area between the ring die and press rollers. Thanks to uniform feeding, the pelleting process is more stable, minimising trouble-related downtime, while the pelleted product is of more consistent quality.

Automated tools for smooth operation

Famsun provides powerful automation with the K70 to help operators manage this massive machine with ease. The clamp installed ring die and the unique die and roller replacement assist tool make convenient replacement possible. The automatic roller adjustment system can achieve the target gap quickly and efficiently. The distinct drive shaft end coupling has ample space to ensure the motor doesn’t need to be disassembled for maintenance. The roll-speed slip detection device also alerts the operator of any potential die blockage risks in advance.

CE standard details to ensure the safety of man and machine

Over many years of closely collaborating with customers all over the world, Famsun researchers have established the principle of adopting CE safety standards and Famsun’s principles of ergonomic design into every new product. Factors such as the safety of the equipment and operators and requirements regarding a safe working environment are taken into consideration in developing the K70 pellet mill. All these details have ensured man and machine safety, thus improving productivity.

For equipment protection, the K70 includes a shear pin, a gearbox oil level monitoring system, and a gearbox cleaning and de-ironing design that ensures a very long, reliable, continuous, and stable operation.

Strictly following CE safety standards, safety shields are equipped at the observing outlet, air cylinder, gearbox coupling, shear pin disc and a power-off limit switch on the pellet mill access door ensures additional reassurance of total safety. The shields not only prevent dust but also protect the personal safety of operators. The safety shield at the discharge chute prevents the return of feed mash and steam and stops the operator from reaching the internal part of the hopper. A safety shield also prevents pieces of broken shear pins from being hurled into the factory. All of this reflects the engineering innovation of the K70 Pellet Mill.

DSM completes acquisition of Erber Group

October 6th, 2020 – On the 2 October, Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, announced the completion of its acquisition of Erber Group for an enterprise value of €980 million.

 The transaction, which excludes two smaller units in the Erber Group, is expected to be earnings enhancing in the first year upon completion. The acquisition of Erber Group was first announced on 12 June 2020.

DSM acquired Erber Group’s Biomin and Romer Labs. Erber Group’s specialty animal nutrition and health business Biomin specialises primarily in mycotoxin risk management and gut health performance management, whereas the Romer Labs business focuses on food and feed safety diagnostic solutions. Both expand DSM’s range of higher value-add specialty solutions.

The acquisition of Erber Group’s Biomin further strengthens DSM’s expertise and reputation as a leading provider of animal health and nutrition solutions for farm productivity and sustainability, with an emphasis on emissions reduction, feed consumption efficiency, and better use of water and land.

It is therefore very much aligned with DSM’s focus to make animal farming more sustainable from both an ecological and economical perspective. Romer Labs also complements DSM’s human nutrition and health offering to customers in the food and beverages market segments.

Visit the DSM website, HERE.
Visit the BIOMIN website, HERE.
Visit the Romer Labs website, HERE.