Tag: Illinois

Marquis Energy investing $180 million in ethanol plant expansion

Marquis Energy investing $180 million in ethanol plant expansion

April 1, 2015 |

In Illinois, Marquis Energy is investing $180 million to expand its ethanol plant, with extra capacity coming online in about nine months. The expansion project has been delayed but still went forward anyway following a civil suit over property tax abatements. Illinois Valley Community College felt it was getting the short end of the proverbial […]

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UI-UC researchers find pigs eating DDGS get same results as with corn-soy feed

UI-UC researchers find pigs eating DDGS get same results as with corn-soy feed

March 23, 2015 |

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 […]

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Chromatin’s sorghum hybrid produces 5x typical yields in East Africa

Chromatin’s sorghum hybrid produces 5x typical yields in East Africa

March 23, 2015 |

In Illinois, Chromatin has achieved unprecedented yields from its newly-introduced hybrid sorghum seed product, which the company is piloting across East Africa. Trials for Chromatin’s sorghum hybrids produced 2.45MT per acre, approximately five times the typical yield. Chromatin plans to distribute the seeds across East Africa to help meet the growing demands of the food, […]

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2014 really was an amazing year for ethanol production

2014 really was an amazing year for ethanol production

March 12, 2015 |

In Illinois, researchers at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champagne have estimated that 2014 saw the ethanol industry’s best year for profitability, until oil prices came crashing down. Using models based on an “average” ethanol plant, despite having a huge price flux from $3.15 per gallon in March and falling to just $1.48 in October, collapsing […]

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University of Illinois says miscanthus beats out switchgrass and stover

University of Illinois says miscanthus beats out switchgrass and stover

March 5, 2015 |

In Illinois, a recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn stover. The fast-growing energy grass miscanthus was the clear winner. Models predict that miscanthus will have higher yield and profit, particularly when grown in poor-quality […]

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Chromatin, Rennovia bring on new VPs

Chromatin, Rennovia bring on new VPs

March 2, 2015 |

In Illinois, Chromatin has announced that it has appointed Charles Miller as its Vice President of Business Development and International Sales. Charles brings over 19 years experience in leadership roles in the sorghum industry.  Before joining Chromatin, he was a principal in the sorghum company MMR Genetics/Richardson Seeds, and after its acquisition by NuFarm, became […]

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ADM cuts biodiesel production while transferring to other products at Velva

ADM cuts biodiesel production while transferring to other products at Velva

February 25, 2015 |

In Illinois, ADM has temporarily pulled back biodiesel production at its Velva, North Dakota in favor of other products while scaling down production at other facilities across North America.  The production shift in Velva apparently began a few months ago but the company didn’t comment on production volumes or timetables until returning to production capacity.

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Aventine installs $2.4 million Valicor® corn-oil system at Aurora plant

Aventine installs $2.4 million Valicor® corn-oil system at Aurora plant

February 25, 2015 |

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 […]

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Chromatin’s sorghum products rank at the top in North Carolina yield trials

Chromatin’s sorghum products rank at the top in North Carolina yield trials

February 23, 2015 |

In North Carolina, Sorghum Partners have three products that have placed at the top in a statewide yield trial conducted by North Carolina State University. As Dr. Ron Heiniger, Professor at NCSU, recently described, yields over 100 bushels per acre allow sorghum to compete favorably in the region with typical corn yields. “Our team has […]

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Ethanol futures sink to 9-year lows

Ethanol futures sink to 9-year lows

January 15, 2015 |

In Illinois, ethanol futures prices fell to a nine-year low to $1.29 per gallon following the Energy Information Agency’s data release that showed ethanol stocks at a two year high of 20.23 million barrels for the week ending Jan. 9. That is 1.38 million barrels more than the week before.  The EIA data also weighed […]

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