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George Washington

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At Osterbur and Associates we buy a variety of specialty grains.  Almost exclusively, we deal with the growing of Non-GMO hybrids.  On an annual basis we will have a Non-GMO Yellow, Non-GMO White, and Non-GMO Yellow Waxy program.  In addition to these programs we have handled High Amylose and Food Grade corn as well.  Demand for Amylose and Food Grade vary from year to year.


  • Non-GMO High Amylose is grown exclusively for wet milling. The starch from high amylase corn is used in the textile industry, in gum candies, as an adhesive in the manufacture of corrugated cardboard, and as a coating for french fries. These two types produced commercially are Class V (amylose content, 50-60 percent) and Class VII (amylase content, 60-70 percent). The amylase gene expression is characterized by a tarnished, translucent, and sometimes semi-full kernel appearance.

  • Non- GMO Yellow Waxy has carved out a formidable position as the raw material of waxy corn starch for the wet corn millers. Products made from waxy corn are used by the food industry as stabilizers and thickeners for puddings, pie fillings, sauces, gravies, retorted foods, salad dressings, etc. Other waxy products are used as remodeling adhesives in the manufacture of gummed tape, in adhesives, and in the paper industry. What makes waxy corn so special is the make-up of its endosperm. It contains 100% amylopectin. This compares to 75% amylopectin content in normal dent corn. This 25% difference is what makes waxy corn a stable specialty market product.

  • Non-GMO White is used in the production of corn chips and tortillas. It is also used in the production of white corn grits and corn meals. Approximately, 1% of all corn produced in the United States in white corn. 

  • Non-GMO Yellow is the most common of all the Non-GMO varieties.  Many of it uses parallel those of common yellow dent corn.


The majority of our contracts and programs at Osterbur and Associates are for No. 2 grade or better Non-GMO products.  In general, #2 Non-GMO corn products will meet the following standards:


  • less than 14.5% moisture (except for Non-GMO Yellow which can be dried down to 15%)

  • less than 5% damaged kernels

  • less than 3% foriegn material 

  • less than 10 parts per billion aflatoxin

  • less than 2% GMO


Purity standards for Non-GMO Waxy is 97% waxy kernels and Non-GMO White must be 99% white corn kernels.  For more information regarding specs or quality standards, feel free to contact Osterbur and Associates.



We currently offer Non-GMO programs in Central Illinois and Western Kentucky.  Below you will find what varieties we are buying and where these programs are located in 2021 and 2022.


Pekin and Havana, Illinois

  • Non-GMO Yellow Corn

  • Non-GMO Yellow Waxy

  • Non-GMO High Amylose


Henderson and Owensboro, Kentucky

  • Non-GMO Yellow Corn

  • Non-GMO Yellow Waxy

  • Non-GMO White Corn


Louisiana, Missouri

  • Non-GMO Yellow Corn


Products, programs, and premiums can vary by location.  Not in these areas?  No worries we'll come to you, give us a call or shoot us an email.  We would love to hear from you!