Single-kernel wheat analysis offered to Nigeria millers

by Emily Wilson
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MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — U.S. Wheat Associates is planning to make available single kernel wheat evaluation technology to flour millers and wheat buyers in the fast growing market of Nigeria, according to David Frey, administrator of the Kansas Wheat Commission.

The Single Kernel Characterization System (SKCS) evaluates a sample of 300 kernels, one at a time, and can print out hardness, kernel diameter and kernel weight, among other attributes. It was developed in Manhattan at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Grain Marketing and Production Research Center.

The U.S. Federal Grain Inspection Service is offering SKCS evaluation to buyers of U.S. wheat on request, but few international buyers are aware of the service. In order to familiarize buyers of this new technology, the government inspection service has loaned instruments to interested service offices such as the U.S. Wheat Associates office in Lagos, Nigeria.