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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Mark Casada
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 Mark Casada

Contact Information:

ATTN:  Mark Casada
                       1515 College Ave
                       Manhattan, KS  66502

Phone:   785.776.2758
Fax:   785.537.5550


 Mark Casada - Agricultural Engineer


Mark is a lead scientist responsible for grain handling and storage research. He focuses on research of improved aeration control strategies, heat as a sanitation pre-treatment to control insects in on-farm grain bins, identity preserved grain handling, reducing dust emissions from grain handling operations, and modeling the stored grain environment and the movement of grain in handling equipment.


  • 1981 - B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky

  • 1985 - M.S. Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky
  • 1990 - PH.D. Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Minor: Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University


  • 1999 – present – Lead Scientist and Agricultural Engineer.  USDA-ARS, Grain Marketing and Production Research Center, Manhattan, KS.  Lead scientist responsible for grain handling and storage research.  Focusing on research of improved aeration control strategies, modeling temperature and moisture changes in stored grain, heat as a sanitation pre-treatment to control insects in on-farm grain bins, identity preserved grain handling, and reducing dust emissions from grain handling operations.

  • 1999 – present – Adjunct Professor, Kansas State University, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department.  Member of graduate faculty.

  • 1990-1999 – Associate/Assistant Professor, University of Idaho, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department.  Taught and conducted research on grain drying and stoage, food engineering, and potato transportation.  Member of graduate faculty.

  • 1989-1990 - Research Assistant, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, North Carolina State University.  Established the first estimates of the contribution of methane emissions from livestock and poultry waste to increasing levels of atmospheric greenhouse gasses.



Publications: Grain Storage

Armstrong, P.R., Casada, M.E., and Lawrence, J. 2012. Development of equilibrium moisture relationships for storage moisture monitoring of corn. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 28(5):677-683.

Casada, M.E. and Armstrong, P.R.  2009.  Wheat Moisture Measurement with a Fringing Field Capacitive Sensor.  Transactions of the ASABE.  52(5):1785-1791.


Casada, M.E., Ram, M.S., and Flinn, P.W. 2008. Thermal Design of Shipping Containers for Beneficial Insects. Applied Engineering in Agriculture.  24(1):63-70.


McIntosh, R.B. and Casada, M.E. 2007. Fringing Field Capacitance Sensor for Measruing the Moisture Content of Agricultural Commodities.  IEEE Sensors Journal. 


Akdogan, H. and Casada, M.E. 2006. Climatic Humidity Effects on Controlled Summer Aeration in the Hard Red Winter Wheat Belt. Transactions of the ASABE.  


Casada, M.E., and K. O'Brien. 2003. Accuracy and repeatability of protein content measurements for wheat during storage.  Applied Engineering in Agriculture.

Casada, M.E., F.H. Arthur, and H. Akdogan. 2002. Temperature monitoring and aeration strategies for stored wheat in the central plains.  ASAE Paper No. 02-6116.


Casada, M.E., and F.H. Arthur. 2002. Controlled Aeration.  World Grain. 20(11):26-30.


Casada, M.E., and A. Alghannam. 1999. Aerating over-dry grain in the Northwest. Transactions of the ASAE. 42(6):1777-1784. 

Publications: Grain Handling


Navarro S., Noyes, R.T., Casada, M.E., Arthur, F.H.  2012.  Grain Aeration.  In: Hagstrum, D.W., Phillips, T.W., and Cuperus, G., editors.  Stored Product Protection.  Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University Research and Extension. p. 121-134 


Lee, K., Armstrong, P.R., Thomasson, A., Sui, R., Casada, M., and Herrman, T.J.  2010.  Development and characterization of food-grade tracers for the global grain tracing and recall system.  Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.  58:10945-10957.


Kyung-Min Lee, Armstrong, P.R., Thomasson, J.A., Sui, R., Casada, M., and Herrman, T.J.  2011.  Application of binomial and multinomial probability statistics to the sampling design process of a global grain tracing and recall system.  Food Control.  22:1085-1094.


Boac, J.M., Casada, M.E., Maghirang, R.G., Harner, III, J.P.  2010.  Material and Interaction Properties of Selected Grains and Oilseeds for Modeling Discrete ParticlesTransactions of the ASABE.  53(4):1201-1216.


Mina-Boac J., Maghirang, R.G., Casada, M., Wilson, J.D., and Yoon-Sung, J.  2009.  Size distribution and rate of dust generated during grain elevator handling.  Applied Engineering in Agriculture.  25(4):533-541.


Boac, J.M., CAsada, M.E., and Maghirang, R.G.  2008.  Feed pellet and corn durability and breakage during repeated elevator handling.  Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 


Mina-Boac, J., Maghirang, R.G., and Casada, M.E. 2006. Durability and Breakage of Feed Pellets during Repeated Elevator Handling. ASABE Paper No. 066044 presented at the 2006 ASABE Annual International Meeting, July 9-12, 2006, Portland, Oregon.


Ingles, M.E.A., Casada, M.E., Maghirang, R.G., Herrman, T.J., and Harner III, J.P. 2006. Effects of Grain-Receiving System on Commingling in a Country Elevator. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. Vol. 22(5):713-721.


Brabec, D., Maghirang, R., Casada, M., and Haque, E. 2005. Characterization and Modeling of a High-Pressure Water-Fogging System for Grain Dust Control. Transactions of the ASAE. Vol. 48(1): 331-339.


Billate, R.D., R.G. Maghirang, and M. E. Casada. 2004. Measurement of particulate matter emissions from corn receiving operations with simulated hopper-bottom trucks. Transactions of the ASAE. 47(2): 521-529.


Brabec, D.L., Maghirang, R.G., Casada, M.E.  2004.  Effectivness of a high-pressure water-fogging system in controlling dust emissions at grain recieving.  Transaction of the ASAE Vol. 47(2): 505-511.


Ingles, M.E.A., Casada, M.E., and Maghirang, R.G. 2003. Handling effects of commingling and residual grain in an elevator. Transaction of ASAE 46(6):1625-1631.


Ingles, M.E., M.E. Casada, and R.G. Maghirang. 2002. Influence of grain handling equipment on commingling and residual grain. ASAE Paper No. 02-6111.


Publications: Heat as a pre-treatment to control insects

Arthur, F.H. and Casada, M.E.  2010.  Directional Flow of Summer Aeration to Manage Insect Pests in Stored WheatApplied Engineering in Agriculture.  26(1):115-122.


Tilley, D.R., Casada, M., and Arthur, F.H. 2007. Heat Treatment for Disinfestation of Empty Grain Storage Bins. Journal of Stored Products Research. Vol. 43:221-228.


Akdogan, H., Casada, M., Dowdy, A. and Subramanyam, B. 2003. A novel method for analyzing grain facility heat treatment data. 2005 .   Journal of Stored Products Research vol. 41: 175-185.


Casada , M.E. and R.T. Noyes. 2001. Future bulk grain bin design needs related to sealing for optimum pest management: a researcher’s view. In Proc. Int. Conf. Controlled Atmosphere and Fumigation in Stored products. Fresno, Calif.29 Oct. – 3 Nov. 2000, eds. Donahaye, E.J., Navarro, S., and Leesch, J.G. 457–465. Clovis, California, U.S.A.: Executive Printing Services.  

Last Modified: 1/9/2015