Think you can do better than the price of No. 2 Yellow? Premiums earned by growing "value added" crops such as food corn and other specialty grains can add to your bottom line. Earning that premium, however, takes extra work, investment and knowledge.

For the knowledge part, Purdue University is offering a helpful resource to get you started. "Grainsafe" is an online manual that guides producers through the value-added-grain process. The manual contains grain production and handling practices and related record-keeping forms.

The value-added resource is free and available by logging on to http://www.grainquality.org/. Scroll down the page to where it says "Grainsafe, On-Farm Quality Assurance Program" to download the information.