MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — Maintaining grain quality, understanding how the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) grain standards are implemented and, the U.S. export grain inspection system, as well as writing contracts in way that secures the desired grain quality were the focuses of the USGC Mexico Grain Quality Workshop held at the IGP Institute on July 7-8, with a total of eight participants.
One participant, Roberto Salcedo, ruminant tech support at Nutrientes Basicos de Monterrey, was surprised at how practical the course was and how much the participants could apply the classroom situations to their jobs.
“The quality of the material that the instructors are giving us and the quality of the speakers are not only technical and knowledgeable, but they have practical experience,” Salcedo said. “It is an honor for me to be here.”
The course began by covering the basics of USDA grain standards and understanding why they are so important. The group then joined Carl Reed, grain storage specialist, for a hands-on lesson in grain grading practicum and inspection. The course then turned its focus on grain contracting terms and conditions.
Guadalupe Pamanes, manager of quality assurance and diagnostics at Grupo Crio chose this course specifically to gain a better understanding quality grain.
“The biggest investment the company has is in buying grains. I’m very aware of the importance for cost and how much of an impact quality represents on the finished product,” Pamanes said.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the world’s wheat supply has been thrown into question, with poorer nations facing scarcity and a potential food crisis, according to the United Nations.
Following are countries among the world’s least developed that are the most dependent on Russia and Ukraine for their annual wheat supply (2020), according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development. Nations in Africa import 44% of their wheat from Russia and Ukraine, according to the UN.
In marketing year 2022-23, the world is projected by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to produce 779.03 million tonnes of wheat and provide 204.89 million tonnes for export.
These are the eight major wheat importing nations/regions as listed in the monthly USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and their annual tonnes with production.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and the persistent La Niña climate phenomenon have combined to create some of the most volatile market conditions in recent memory, sending prices skyrocketing as nations that depend on wheat to feed their populations scramble to secure supplies.
Each month, the WASDE releases new projections to reflect the most recent global market and production conditions, and this slideshow will be updated with those changes.