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North Dakota ethanol plant offering premium for corn due to drought concerns

North Dakota ethanol plant offering premium for corn due to drought concerns

August 14, 2017 |

In North Dakota, Blue Flint Ethanol near Underwood is offering a 20-cent per bushel premium for corn in light of short supplies due to the ongoing drought, a price bump that could help farmers recuperate losses resulting from the dry weather. The state’s corn production is seen down 19% on the year, while in a […]

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Brazil inaugurates first corn-only ethanol plant

Brazil inaugurates first corn-only ethanol plant

August 14, 2017 |

In Brazil, the president and agriculture minister attended Friday’s inauguration of the country’s first corn-only ethanol plant, FS Bioenergia in Mato Grosso, which they vowed would not be the last, voicing support for more corn-based ethanol production. The facility will produce 63.4 million gallons of ethanol annually in addition to 60,000MWh of electricity and more […]

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DuPont Pioneer teams with Evogene on microbiome-based seed treatments in corn

DuPont Pioneer teams with Evogene on microbiome-based seed treatments in corn

August 7, 2017 |

In Iowa, DuPont Pioneer and Evogene Ltd announced that they have entered into a multiyear collaboration. The scope of the agreement includes the research and development of microbiome-based seed treatments in corn. The goal of the collaboration is to provide farmers with innovative bio-stimulant seed treatment products that protect and maximize corn yield by leveraging […]

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Iowa State researchers look at annual cover crops to compensate for corn stover removal

Iowa State researchers look at annual cover crops to compensate for corn stover removal

August 3, 2017 |

In Iowa, the phrase “a double-edged sword” describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is removing maize stover (the husks, stems and leaves of corn plants) from fields. Maize stover is used to make cellulosic ethanol, a renewable biofuel. And renewable biofuels are beneficial to the environment. However, […]

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GMO gives green light to two GMO corn varieties for import

GMO gives green light to two GMO corn varieties for import

July 18, 2017 |

In China, the government has approved two of six pending GMO approvals that will allow for imports into the country, including Syngenta’s Agrisure corn and Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn. DuPont’s Pioneer insect-resistant corn wasn’t approved so far. The approvals should reduce trade challenges to importing DDGS produced from US corn that has hindered the viability […]

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South Africa approves Enogen imports despite ban on corn for ethanol

South Africa approves Enogen imports despite ban on corn for ethanol

July 13, 2017 |

In South Africa, despite national policy forbidding the use of corn as a feedstock for biofuel due to concerns about competition with food markets during years of lower supplies, the minister of agriculture appears to have approved the import of Syngenta’s Enogen corn. The minister said there are no safety concerns about the corn but […]

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Research Study Shows Corn More Valuable as Food than Fuel

Research Study Shows Corn More Valuable as Food than Fuel

July 8, 2017 |

In Illinois, the food versus fuel debate gets a new research study supporting the food side. Researchers at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign completed their three year study to assign a dollar amount to each step in corn production for both food and biofuel measuring its value economically and environmentally. The study focused specifically on corn […]

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Biofuels beyond corn: The pathway from CO2, water and electricity to liquid fuels

Biofuels beyond corn: The pathway from CO2, water and electricity to liquid fuels

July 4, 2017 |

Much of the angst over ethanol’s expansion comes from stakeholders’ worries over corn and land use. Justified or not, there’s worry over cost, food security. environmental impact, grower adoption, supply chain. And so on and so on. It would be fair to regard these questions as the most perplexing for the replacement of fossil fuels […]

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Evogene advances against Western corn rootworm

Evogene advances against Western corn rootworm

June 26, 2017 |

In Israel, Evogene has advanced a gene displaying insecticidal activity against Western corn rootworm into Phase-I  focusing on validation in target crops, following positive laboratory assay results. Additionally, the company announced for the first time the identification of a set of genes displaying initial toxic activity against southern green stinkbug, a major pest in soybean […]

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Corn for food socially profitable, not biofuels, says new study

Corn for food socially profitable, not biofuels, says new study

June 26, 2017 |

In Illinois, a study from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign published in Earth’s Future found a net “social and economic worth of food corn production” in the U.S. of $1,492 per hectare, compared with “a remarkable $10 per hectare loss for biofuel corn production”.  Lead researcher Professor Kumar wrote that “The critical zone is the […]

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