Tag: corn

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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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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University of Illinois researchers says economics favor corn for food over ethanol

University of Illinois researchers says economics favor corn for food over ethanol

June 20, 2017 |

In Illinois, researchers at the University of Illinois have quantified and compared these issues in terms of economics of the entire production system to determine if the benefits of biofuel corn outweigh the costs. Civil and environmental engineering professor Praveen Kumar and graduate student Meredith Richardson published their findings in the journal Earth’s Future. As […]

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NCGA launches $150K “Next Big Thing for Corn” Innovation Challenge in Sustainable Chemicals

NCGA launches $150K “Next Big Thing for Corn” Innovation Challenge in Sustainable Chemicals

June 11, 2017 |

In Missouri, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), along with innovation facilitator NineSigma, today announced the launch of a global competition to identify new and innovative uses for field corn as a renewable feedstock for making sustainable chemicals with significant market demand. Up to six winning proposals will be selected and winners will each receive […]

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Iowa State researcher looking at how to balance stover demand with soil needs

Iowa State researcher looking at how to balance stover demand with soil needs

April 27, 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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China to work through 250 million ton corn stockpile in five years

China to work through 250 million ton corn stockpile in five years

April 20, 2017 |

In China, the government is planning to work through its 250 million metric ton corn stockpile over the next five years as companies such as COFCO Biochemical boost their processing capacity for products such as ethanol. The company expects to process 10 million tons per year by 2020, up from 6 million tons now, while […]

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