Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1995

Journal or Book Title

Applied Engineering in Agriculture

Volume

11

Issue

4

First Page

539

Last Page

547

Research Focus Area(s)

Biological and Process Engineering and Technology

Abstract

An engineering economic model showed that corn cleaning can produce net benefits of $.01 to $.03 cents per bushel, provided that corn with an initial broken corn foreign material (BCFM) content of 3% or greater is stored for at least three months. The model, which included five operational costs and nine potential benefits, gave results in close agreement with USDA survey data. Capture of benefits requires considerable operator skill, and elevators with larger volumes relative to cleaner cost can benefit more readily. Net benefits are independent of changes in corn grade standards or trade discount factors. Although the exact cost-benefit calculations are individually case-sensitive, the separation of BCFM into two factors will not greatly increase the incentives to clean for any reasonable set of cost inputs.

Comments

This article is from Applied Engineering in Agriculture 11 (1995): 539–547. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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