Tag: corn

Brazil flex mills running both cane and corn for year-round production

Brazil flex mills running both cane and corn for year-round production

November 19, 2017 |

In Brazil, ethanol producers in the central cane belt region are using corn to fill in the production gap when cane is not in harvest for biofuel. Most Brazilian ethanol producers in the area have an idle period for three months when there is no cane harvesting, but six plants are currently operating during those […]

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US Grain Exports create $55.5B In Economic Output: New Report

US Grain Exports create $55.5B In Economic Output: New Report

November 10, 2017 |

In Washington, a new report concluded that U.S. feed grain and grain products exports were worth $18.9 billion in 2015 and supported $55.5 billion in economic output. These exports were linked directly or indirectly to nearly 262,000 jobs.  Results showed every $1 of grain exports generated supported an additional $2.19 in business sales. And every […]

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As much as 70% of Chinese corn stocks could be spoiled

As much as 70% of Chinese corn stocks could be spoiled

October 26, 2017 |

In China, as much as 70% of the country’s 20 million metric tons of corn stocks could be spoiled, leaving its main outlet as feedstock for ethanol but current installed capacity isn’t likely to be able to process such low quality corn. As a result, imports from the US may be required even if China […]

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Midwest corn harvest pushes ethanol margins to nine-month highs

Midwest corn harvest pushes ethanol margins to nine-month highs

September 26, 2017 |

In Illinois, with the onslaught of the corn harvest, prices are falling and in turn crush margins are improving, reaching a nine-month high. Poor margins earlier in the year had negative impacts on Q2 reporting in July for several independent producers such as The Andersons, Green Plains, and Pacific Ethanol. With RIN prices rebounding to […]

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China could import up to 20 million tons of corn annually to meet E10

China could import up to 20 million tons of corn annually to meet E10

September 21, 2017 |

In China, imports of as much as 20 million metric tons of corn could be needed annually to supply animal feed plants in the southern part of the country in the ramp up to the new E10 policy announced earlier this month. Corn located closer to the corn-growing areas is likely to be absorbed by […]

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Computer model improves accuracy of corn seed forecasts

Computer model improves accuracy of corn seed forecasts

August 27, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, a team of researchers worked with Dow AgroSciences to use computer modeling to help improve accuracy for predictions of seed corn forecasts. The study demonstrated that the computer program was able to increase profits by 2-3% and lower costs by 6-7%. Farmers use seed corn for their own crops but rely on a […]

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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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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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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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