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European Grain Network Meeting 2011

The 17th European Grain Network meeting was held on March 24-25th in the historic city of Krakow, Poland.

Some 65 participants from across Europe enjoyed an interesting and varied programme presented by industry and technical experts. 

Geographic perspectives included an overview of the domestic market in Poland from Izabella Dabrowska, senior agricultural markets analyst of the BGZ bank. Poland is one of the four big cereal producers in the EU, but produces mainly for the domestic market. Only 3.5% of the 1.65 million cereal farmers are responsible for almost half of the total cereal production. Increasing prices and a high volatility make it difficult for millers to predict the production costs. Dabrowska predicted a further consolidation of the market and an increasing importance of traders.

Continued stability of the Infratec ANN calibration

Jürgen Möller, FOSS, presented results of the annual EGN collaborative study on the performance of FOSS Artificial Neural Network (ANN) calibration for wheat and barley. Data collected over the last five years showed the outstanding stability of the FOSS ANN prediction model for grain.

Trends in chemometrics and standards

Lars Nørgaard , manager of Team Calibration Development at FOSS, looked at trends in chemometrics.  Amongst the future trends, Nørgaard gave examples on the detection of adulterated samples and the use of chemometrics for classification of samples.  A vision is to bring chemometrics into instrument development.

Differences in the moisture content determined by the ISO 712:2009 standard compared to the older method ISO 712:1998 were discussed by Philip Morall from the UK grain network and Andrew Wells of Farmtec, UK outlined the new ISO 7971 standards for the determination of the test weight (mass per hectolitre) and their implementation.

Product news

The 3rd generation Infratec™ analyser including the Mosaic networking software and new applications for Infratec were presented. One of these new applications is the analysis of colour in oats and has already been implemented as presented by Thomas Börjesson of Eurofins/ Lantmännen in Sweden. Colour in oats is connected to the endogenous quality of oats. A discoloration is seen in connection with germ damage which is negative for the production of oat flakes.

The meeting ended with the presentation of a ProFoss application in a Polish flour mill. The ProFoss is placed at a conveyor after the roller mills where it measures protein, moisture, gluten and ash, every minute. This allows rapid process adjustments for improved production efficiency and economy. Results so far are very good.


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