Value of increasing kernel uniformity

Byung Sam Yoon, B. Wade Brorsen, Conrad P. Lyford, Jean Neustadt, Patsy Neustadt

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Kernel uniformity is an important quality attribute that can now be measured at low cost. This study analyzes the profitability of sorting to increase wheat kernel uniformity. Nonlinear programming is used to sort grain loads to maximize flour yield by increasing uniformity of kernel size and kernel hardness. Results of this analysis suggest increases in flour yield due to higher kernel uniformity are not enough to outweigh the costs of sorting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-494
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2002


  • Kernel uniformity
  • Milling
  • Nonlinear programming
  • Sorting
  • Wheat


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