IGQI-AAI Advanced Grain Elevator Operations Management Short Course


January 8 – 12, 2018  |  Ames, Iowa

REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY FULL. Click the Waiting List button to be notified of openings and additional Advanced Grain Elevator Operations Management Short Course opportunities.

This course will teach the scientific principles and advanced practical skills to further increase the professional competence of grain industry employees.

Hosted by: the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative (iowagrain.org) - Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa

Limited Seating - This short course opportunity has a maximum of 30 participants. 
Registration interest beyond capacity will be added to a waiting list and notified of any additional course offerings at a future date.

Course Location

Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center
2508 Mortensen Road, Ames, IA 50011
Phone: (515) 294-4950

Registration - $1000 per participant

If you cancel your registration:

  • By December 1, 2017 - receive full refund.
  • By December 20, 2017 - receive partial refund.
  • No refunds will be given after December 20, 2017.

Hotel Accommodations

Sleep Inn & Suites (1 mile west of Hansen)
1310 Dickinson Ave, Ames, IA 50010
Phone: (515) 337-1171
Event pricing - $99.99 a night
Click Here for Online Hotel Reservation

NOTE: Hotel block and pricing reserved only through December 7, 2017.

Schedule and Topic Details

 Monday, 8 January – Course starts at 1 PM

Welcome, Introductions and IGQI Orientation – Dirk Maier, Charlie Hurburgh, Joel Brinkmeyer
Grain Quality Characteristics and Measurement – Charlie Hurburgh
Moisture Content Determination Hands-on Exercise – Sam Cook

Tuesday, 9 January (8 AM – 5 PM)

Air Properties (Psychrometrics) for Drying and Cooling – Dirk Maier
Air Properties and Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) – Dirk Maier
Psychrometrics and EMC Hands-on Exercise – Sam Cook
Inventory Management – Bob Marlow
Operations Costs – Bob Marlow
Grain Handling Equipment – Bob Marlow

Wednesday, 10 January (8 AM – 5 PM)

Grain Handling Equipment – Bob Marlow
Equipment Maintenance– Bob Marlow
Grain Condition Monitoring (Temperatures) with Hands-on Exercise – Sam Cook
Grain Condition Monitoring (Moisture Content, CO2) with Hands-on Exercise – Sam Cook
Grain Drying Principles – Dirk Maier
Operating Grain Dryers — Bob Marlow

Thursday, 11 January (8 AM – 5 PM)

Inspection, Receiving and Shipping – Bob Marlow
Aeration Principles – Dirk Maier
Aeration Cooling Front Movement – Dirk Maier
Aeration Control Strategies and Equipment Demonstration – Dirk Maier
Aeration Fan Performance Testing and Static Pressure Drop Hands-on Exercise – Sam Cook

Friday, 12 January (8 AM – 1 PM)

Managing Aeration Shrink Loss in Bins, Silos and Tanks – Dirk Maier
Managing Aeration Shrink Loss in Ground Piles – Charlie Hurburgh
Wrap up and Course Evaluations – Dirk Maier
Course Graduation Lunch – Dirk Maier, Charlie Hurburgh, Joel Brinkmeyer