In France, futures prices for both European corn and wheat fell on expectations of a bumper crop for both, boosting the crush margin for ethanol. Corn prices are at their lowest since November while wheat prices are at their lowest since October. A bumper US crop is also weighing on European feedstock prices.
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In North Dakota, Dakota Spirit AgEnergy has started taking in corn with ethanol production expected to start in May. The company began receiving corn in October at a rented facility but deliveries on-site began April 1. As of April 15, the company was buying corn on a spot basis for $3.16 a bushel using dsabids.com […]
Why not use the materials we don’t need, to produce the fuels we do need? The Digest looks at the hard data. Wherever you look, there are concerns about energy production — cost, infrastructure, environment, emissions, and water impact, just to name a few. No matter what energy system you develop, it seems like someone will […]
In Washington, the USDA reported that February corn crushing for ethanol was down 11% on the month at 395.8 million bushels, and down 10% from December. About 90% of the crush was dry mill, meaning that dry meal DDGS production was down 11% as well at 1.65 million tons. Distillers wet grains were down 15% […]
In Washington, the head of the National Corn Growers Association and the Renewable Fuels Association issued a joint letter to Congress urging the immediate reform of the RFS to reduce ethanol demand from the Midwest. But don’t worry, it was just a cleverly-written April Fools Day joke.
In Illinois, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne tested pig diets containing 30 percent conventional DDGS (DDGS-CV), high-protein distillers dried grains (HP-DDG), or uncooked DDGS (DDGS-BPX), and compared them with a corn-soybean meal basal diet. They conducted one experiment using growing pigs and another experiment using finishing pigs to determine if the stage of […]
In Mississippi, Ergon BioFuels announced that it has entered into a comprehensive services arrangement with Gavilon to originate and market grain at the company’s Vicksburg, Miss. facility. Under the terms of the agreement, Gavilon will operate the 3.2-million-bushel warehouse at the Ergon BioFuels facility and begin buying corn, soybeans, milo and soft red wheat from […]
In Washington, the USDA lowered its corn usage estimate for ethanol by 50 million bushels to 5.2 billion bushels. The monthly WASDE report saw corn exports increasing to 1.8 billion bushels, up 50 million bushels.
In Nebraska, by relaxing a federal ethanol mandate, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could have counteracted the impact of the 2012 drought on corn prices, a new study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln agricultural economists concludes. The study provides a guidepost for action by federal policymakers in the event of future drought, said co-author Azzeddine Azzam, […]
In Illinois, Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. has announced the successful installation of a $2.4 million Valicor® corn-oil separation system at its Nebraska Energy LLC plant in Aurora, Nebraska. The system began operations in early January. Since corn oil has a higher market value, removing the oil improves dried distillers grain processing properties. The grind reduction […]