VALUE OF INCREASING KERNEL UNIFORMITY
By: Yoon, Byung-Sam; Brorsen, B. Wade; Lyford, Conrad P.
Yoon, Byung-Sam; Brorsen, B. Wade; Lyford, Conrad P., VALUE OF INCREASING KERNEL UNIFORMITY, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 27, Issue 2, December 2002, Pages 481-494
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.