Small Gains Earn Top Award

The winner of the 2012 Nabim/HGCA Milling Wheat Challenge has been announced reports Farmers Guardian. Bedfordshire farm manager Andrew Robinson has taken this year’s award with his 2,232acre plot which has been growing for over thirty-years.

Despite small marginal gains the Farms manager at Heathcote Farms, near Toddington, was praised by judges for his engagement with the milling trade, his solid business foundations and his ability to aggregate them for a positive net business benefit.

There were two other finalists, Andrew Martin of Broadstream Farming, Kent and Mark Boyd of John Boyd Farms, also from Kent.

The duty of judging this year’s winner fell to Martin Savage of NABIM, Pat Thornton of HGCA and Lincolnshire farmer Mark Ireland. They said that each finalist demonstrated attention to detail and a strong commitment to the milling trade’s needs and processes.

Mr Thornton said, “Andrew’s methodical approach shows a deep understanding of good agronomy, and demonstrates an excellent understanding of what his market wants from him.”

All three finalists demonstrated they were forward-thinking and could consistently grow quality crops of bread-making wheats – even in a year as challenging as 2012,” he added.

“All three finalists were on top of their disease control and when we made the farm assessments in June, all crops were full of potential. Unfortunately, the first 14 days of grain fill, which are so important, were blighted by bad weather . The result is that milling wheat supply is more than one million tonnes down on the national forecast,” said Mr Thornton.

http://www.farmersguardian.com/home/

http://www.nabim.org.uk/

http://www.hgca.com/

Bosch Packaging Data Revolution

Bosch Packaging Technology has introduced its Mobile Measuring System for capturing relevant data for the analysis of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). The system enables manufacturers to gain a rapid overview of the OEE of their production lines and serves as a basis for equipment optimization, Bosch said.

The Mobile Measuring System provides the required data on output, speed, downtimes and waste across an entire line and identifies potential for improvement to increase equipment effectiveness and productivity, Bosch reports. If potentials are identified, Bosch determines through competent OEE consulting together with the manufacturer the main causes of the deficiencies and defines steps to address them, the company said.

“Increasing overall equipment effectiveness, and therefore production, is of great significance to our customers. Purchasing OEE measuring systems to identify any potential for improvement can, however, be very expensive and time-consuming,” said Roland Pichler, OEE Consultant, Bosch. “That is why our Mobile Measuring System is an ideal solution for our customers. It can be easily applied for a predetermined period of time and shows potentials for improvement quickly, simply and cost-effectively.”

Learn more at boschpackaging.com.

Grinding for Feed

Check out this video on the grinding process in the poultry feed production by M. Baumann of Buhler.
By: Marco Baumann

Grinding process in the poultry feed production. M. Baumann (Buhler)

Courtesy of www.engormix.com.

Pesticide Sprays Aided by Tablet… and Smartphone

Pesticides now come in tablet form?

Now you should all know by now that we at IMD HQ consider ourselves to be at the forefront in using smartphone technology and apps… we even have our own in case you were wondering (PPLAPP). But when I read that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have released two mobile apps, to make things easier for anyone who needs to adjust insecticide spray equipment, I had to read on.

The apps incorporate the latest science of spray technology, including “spray nozzle atomization” models developed by ARS at College Station and they can be used with a smartphone from a field or even the cabin of a small aircraft. Developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Bradley Fritz and Wesley “Clint” Hoffmann at the agency’s Areawide Pest Management Research Unit in Texas, the apps are designed to ensure that aerial and ground-based crews can hit targets and minimize pesticide drift by keying in specifics on the type of equipment and pesticide they are using.

ARS is USDA‘s principal intramural scientific research agency, and the research supports the USDA goal of promoting agricultural sustainability. With dozens of manufacturers producing dozens of different types of spray technology—each with its own nozzle type, flow rate, and pressure setting range—the equipment setup can get pretty complicated. Aerial sprayers also must factor in wind speed, air temperature, flight speed and humidity.

One app is designed for ground-based spraying for mosquitoes and other threats to public health. It

Wesley “Clint” Hoffman

covers 60 different sprayers made by 19 manufacturers. The user selects the appropriate sprayer and is guided through the process of selecting specific operational settings, such as the nozzle type, flow rate and spray pressure setting.

The other app, for aerial spraying, walks users through the process of adjusting nozzles and settings so pesticides are delivered at optimal droplet sizes. Droplet size is critical in aerial operations to ensure “on-target deposition” and minimize pesticide drift.

The apps are available online through the Apple iTunes App Store and the Google Play Android Marketplace by searching for “Aerial Sprays” for the aerial application app and “Vector Sprays” for the ground-based sprayer app.

Read more…

IMD Newsletter Column – November 9, 2012

 

Hello to all of our dedicated readers and valued IMD listed companies. As the winter settles in here at IMD HQ we are already feeling in festive spirit and even have beaten jolly old St. Nicholas in the giving of presents. Can you guess what they could be yet? I’ll give you a clue, it comes in a box and contains the contact & product details of over 1,200 international millers, milling manufacturers and milling service providers… Still need a clue?

OK one more clue, an excess of 8,000 subscribers will receive a copy this year connecting them to the global-milling community for 2012/2013. Have you guessed it? That’s right it’s the 21st printed edition of the International Milling Directory and I am delighted to tell you that the first batch has been distributed and hopefully received by you out there across the world.

With more fresh copies coming in by the day it won’t be long until we have sent out the entire 8,000 so if you haven’t yet ordered your copy visit www.internationalmilling.com now to get your hands on one.

Or if you would like to learn about featuring in next year’s directory get in touch now simply by dialing +44 1242 267700 or emailing me at alexr@perendale.co.uk.

Don’t forget that we also have the IMD blog. MillingInternational has been a hub of activity since its launch earlier this year. Updated with daily news from the world of international milling and all things direct from the heart of IMD HQ, MillingInternational is your first point of daily contact with the IMD. Got something to say to the world? Share it with us and it could appear on the blog, check it out now for some examples.

Lastly you may also be aware that I had the pleasure of co-editing the latest edition of Grain & Feed Milling Technology magazine (GFMT). If you haven’t ordered a copy you can find it online at www.gfmt.co.uk with a fantastic column form yours truly as well as some excellent features on pelleting and green packaging.

Next month we have some big news so stay tuned, and stay warm!

Until next time

Alex Rogers
IMD Coordinator

IPPE News

Back by popular demand, the Poultry Market Intelligence Forum is returning to the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo. Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (NFPDA), the program will identify the challenges facing the industry and provide insight into how domestic and international poultry industries are positioned to move forward in 2013. The Poultry Market Intelligence Forum is free to all Expo and NPFDA meeting attendees.

USPOULTRY president John Starkey said, “The Poultry Market Intelligence Forum has been one of the most popular programs on the Expo schedule since its inception, and we are pleased to add it back for 2013.” He added, “Feed costs, global competition, and consumer demand present constant challenges for the poultry and egg industry, so it is important to stay informed about current conditions and projections for the future. This program helps keep industry leaders current on the various factors that could impact their financial performance.”

The program will feature two noted industry economists and a major food service provider. Mike Donohue, Agri Stats, will review Performance Trends for the Poultry and Egg Industry. Dr. Paul Aho, Poultry Perspective, will discuss Domestic and Global Drivers for 2013. Barry Barnett, Vice President of Global Supply and Purchasing for Church’s Chicken, will provide insight into The Customer’s View of the Poultry and Egg Industry.

The 2013 IPPE, one of the world’s largest poultry, feed, and meat industry events, will be held from January 29-31, 2013, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. The Poultry Market Intelligence Forum is scheduled from 9 – 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30.

Visit www.ipe13.org for more information.

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A New Horizon for US Wheat Flour Producers

Horizon Milling LLC has announced it will begin producing whole wheat flour at its facility in Kenosha,Wisconsin later this year. The flour miller currently produces whole wheat flour at three facilities including in Ogden, Utah. However, when the project is complete the flour miller will have doubled its current overall whole wheat flour capacity.

A leading U.S. flour miller, Horizon Milling, LLC is a joint venture between CHS Inc. and Cargill. Dan Dye, the company’s President said of the expansion, “This increase in whole wheat capacity reflects consumers’ growing desire to incorporate more whole grains into their diets.”

Whole grains are beneficial because whole grain products deliver important nutrients, such as iron, magnesium, selenium, B vitamins and dietary fiber. In addition, diets rich in whole grains may help to support heart health and a healthy weight

Dye continued, “We are expanding our ability to help our customers formulate great-tasting, wholesome and nutritious products that today’s consumers are seeking for themselves and their families.”

Horizon Milling also offers other products that can help customers meet the growing demand for products rich with whole grain, including GrainWise® wheat aleurone and WheatSelect® white spring whole wheat flour.

 www.horizonmilling.com

www.chsinc.com

www.cargill.com

www.sacbee.com

Cargill Waves Goodbye to Chief Financial Officer.

Cargill has announced that Sergio Rial will resign from his post as Chief Financial Officer at the end of November in order to return to his native Brazil. The company’s President and Chief Operating Officer David MacLennan will serve as interim chief financial officer until the Cargill Board of Directors elects a successor.

MacLennan joined Cargill in 1991 and has held management positions within the financial, risk management, energy and animal protein businesses. He previously served as Cargill’s chief financial officer from 2008 to 2011. While in the interim role, MacLennan will continue as the company’s president and chief operating officer.

Rial has been at the heart of Cargill’s growth in Latin America  since his appointment in 2004. According to Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Greg Page, he “provided vigorous and thoughtful leadership as a member of the Cargill Leadership Team and Board of Directors and as chief financial officer.”

Rial served as a leader of Cargill’s group of food businesses since 2004 and of Cargill’s financial services businesses since 2009. He became a senior vice president and member of the Cargill Leadership Team in 2009. He also served as the company’s regional director for Latin America and as executive chairman of CarVal Investors, an independently managed Cargill subsidiary. He was elected to the Cargill Board of Directors in 2010 and elected chief financial officer in 2011.