Albert Lea Seed House Oat Production Guide - Page 5

Disclaimer The Oat Production Guide published by Grain Millers, Inc. is a reference tool for growers in the upper Midwest of the United States and the Canadian Prairies. The information within the Guide is believed to be accurate and complete as of January 1, 2016. However, the Guide is designed for informational purposes only and Grain Millers, Inc. makes no representation, warranty, or guarantee that the information is accurate or that desirable results will always be obtained if the Guide is followed. Use of the Guide is at the sole risk of the grower. Grain Millers, Inc. and its affiliates shall not be liable for any damages, losses, or claims arising out of the use of the Guide, regardless of the legal theory utilized to make any such claim. Overview Since 1986, Grain Millers, Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of whole grain ingredients used in cereals, breads, bars, snacks and many other food products served around the world. The last 30 years have seen significant growth and expansion of our company. This continued expansion requires the support of our growers through the production of a food grade oat crop. Food grade oats are grains that are destined to become an ingredient for human consumption. It is important that we buy “an ingredient” and not a commodity. This is the reason for our strict specifications for food grade oats which are shown in Appendix II. These oats need to be clean with plump, high test weight kernels. Over the years we have been approached many times by growers asking what needs to be done to produce food grade oats. In an effort to help growers meet these needs Grain Millers started a crop sciences group in 2012. This group is dedicated toward helping farmers produce a crop of the greatest quality and quantity. It is important that growers are able to produce the best crop and ingredient. This Guide is designed to be used as a resource for growers to help them achieve these quality specifications and goals. Updates It is our goal as a company to continually update this Guide with any new and upcoming information. Updates, when available, will be published near January 1st, on an annual basis. To ensure your information is up-to-date, contact a Grain Millers Crop Science or Procurement representative. 5