Dr. Mark Casada
Research Agricultural Engineer
ATTN: Mark Casada
1515 College Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
Mark received his Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is a lead scientist and is responsible for grain handling and storage research. He research focuses on 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.
RECENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
- PACK FACTOR Research Project
A collaborative research project with the University of Georgia, Kansas State University, and the University of Kentucky to develop new packing factors that will allow warehouse officials and stored grain managers to accurately assess and track stored-grain inventories.
- INSECT INFESTATIONS IN BUCKET ELEVATORS Research Project
ARS researchers Dennis Tilley, Mark Casada, and Kansas State University researcher Josephine Boac conducted a study called "Incidence and Spread of Insects from Bucket Elevator Leg Boots" to see how insect infestations spread from the elevator boot and pit area to the grain stored in the elevator. The project was funded by USDAs Risk Management Agency.