April 5, 2021


GEAPS, Iowa State University partner on advanced operations course


The Grain Elevator and Processing Society has announced on March 30 a new partnership with Iowa State University (US) to deliver the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative Advanced Grain Elevator Operations Management Virtual Course on May 10-14.


The advanced course is a resource for grain elevator operations managers looking to improve the way they maintain quality and minimise shrink. The course focuses on advanced engineering and scientific concepts of stored grain quality management.


"This course focuses on advanced topics and tools that participants can apply immediately to improve and fine-tune their management of stored corn, soybeans, wheat, sorghum and other crops," said Dirk Maier, lead instructor and professor at Iowa State University. "We appreciate the opportunity to partner with GEAPS in reaching a larger audience by offering this course virtually. We know from past participants that they have saved thousands of dollars by preventing spoilage, lowering electricity costs and reducing shrink loss." 


For GEAPS, this is the latest in a series of partnerships announced in the last year to help provide more value for members. According to GEAPS executive director Steve Records, it supports GEAPS' mission by delivering subject matter expertise from across the industry.


"We are very excited to be working with Iowa State University," Records said. "Along with partnerships with the American Feed Industry Association and North Dakota State University Northern Crops Institute, we are working to ensure our members have easy access to the best tools and training in the industry, no matter where they are based. By joining GEAPS, members not only benefit from access to our network of thousands of industry peers, they also get access to programmes and subject matter experts like this to make sure they can maintain their plants' financial viability."


Topics in the course include topics on air and grain properties, grain condition monitoring, aeration principles and shrink management.


In addition to virtual lectures, participants will apply lessons to real-world problems in breakout rooms. Problems will require attendees to evaluate monitored grain conditions, select appropriate fans for aeration and utilise weather forecast to mitigate its effect on aeration.