Tag: sorghum

China seen importing DDGS and sorghum to blend with sample corn for feed

China seen importing DDGS and sorghum to blend with sample corn for feed

June 9, 2016 |

In China, as much as seven shiploads of DDGS and sorghum have been contracted from the US likely to be blended with low quality domestic corn for animal feed. The government has decided to offload 78 million bushels of sample corn from its reserves which will lower corn prices for the time being but may […]

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Reliable, affordable, scalable, sustainable: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe

Reliable, affordable, scalable, sustainable: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe

May 2, 2016 |

NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, NexSteppe is developing Malibu sweet sorghum and Palo Alto high biomass sorghum to produce feedstocks tailored for these biobased industries. Recently, CEO Anna Rath — […]

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MIT to use drones for tracking sorghum growth in hopes of boost bioenergy capacity

MIT to use drones for tracking sorghum growth in hopes of boost bioenergy capacity

April 26, 2016 |

In Massachusetts, researchers at MIT will next month undertake a season-long experiment by using three drones—one from the air and two by land—to monitor sorghum production every two weeks in an attempt to pinpoint the exact moment of the plant’s peak as a biofuel feedstock. The hope is that using drones and their on-board sensors […]

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Prospective Plantings: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to corn, soy, sorghum, wheat acreage

Prospective Plantings: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to corn, soy, sorghum, wheat acreage

April 3, 2016 |

The Prospective Plantings report provides the first official, survey based estimates of U.S. farmers’ 2016 planting intentions. U.S. corn growers expect to plant 93.6 million acres to corn this year, according to the Prospective Plantings report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This is the first increase in […]

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A familiar friend in unfamiliar times: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Sorghum

A familiar friend in unfamiliar times: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Sorghum

December 23, 2015 |

Sorghum has been identified by the US Department of Energy as an energy crop of interest. Owing to its high biomass yield, drought tolerance, established production systems, carbon life cycle, genetic resources and potential for further improvement and available hybrids. Texas A&M”s Bill Rooney gave this valuable overview of progress with sorghum, at ABLC Next 2015. Too view all the slides in […]

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DOE awards $13.5 million for sorghum genetics research project

DOE awards $13.5 million for sorghum genetics research project

December 21, 2015 |

In Missouri, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced that it will be part of a major collaborative research project to improve sorghum’s productivity under resource-limited conditions. The research should lead to strategies to increase plant biomass as well as more water use- and nutrient-efficient sorghum crop systems. The five- year $13.5M project is funded by […]

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Green Ideas for Emerging Resources: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to VerdeNero, CelloFuel and Russian opportunity

Green Ideas for Emerging Resources: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to VerdeNero, CelloFuel and Russian opportunity

November 29, 2015 |

“We are a boutique technical consulting and service firm to the alternative energy and resources industry,” said the VerdeNero manifesto, adding: “We provide services in technology transfer, system analysis and integration. We operate at the boundaries between engineering, economics, environment and policy analysis.” Here’s a recent presentation on opportunities in Russia by VerdeNero and Hamrick Engineering.

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Grain sorghum may give corn a run for its money as ethanol feedstock

Grain sorghum may give corn a run for its money as ethanol feedstock

November 19, 2015 |

In Illinois, grain sorghum appears to be increasingly popular as an ethanol feedstock, sidelining corn somewhat. A recent USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Report showed corn demand for ethanol falling by 75 million bushels, making some experts predict that demand is being replaced by sorghum that is available even cheaper than corn in some […]

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DOE awards $13.8 million to 10 universities to boost sorghum for biofuel production

DOE awards $13.8 million to 10 universities to boost sorghum for biofuel production

October 20, 2015 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy has awarded 10 universities $13.8 million to improve sorghum’s productivity using less water and nitrogen by using a systems approach. The aim is to develop a crop that is better suited than corn to produce the bulk of the US’s starch-based ethanol production as well as provide significant cellulosic […]

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Aemetis begins harvesting Nexsteppe sorghum in Central California

Aemetis begins harvesting Nexsteppe sorghum in Central California

September 29, 2015 |

In California, Aemetis announced the harvesting of 12- to 15- foot tall biomass sorghum grown in Central California that was produced using proprietary Nexsteppe seed genetics. Biomass Sorghum is a feedstock for low carbon advanced biofuels. The 20 acre demonstration crop of biomass sorghum was planted, grown, and harvested by Aemetis in approximately 90 days, […]

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