Tag: corn

Overall U.S. corn supply remains strong even with Derecho causes destruction in Midwest

Overall U.S. corn supply remains strong even with Derecho causes destruction in Midwest

August 23, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Grains Council reports that while a powerful, 14-hour derecho hit more than 700 miles of crop land in the U.S. Midwest – mainly in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Ohio – on Aug. 10, corn supply remains strong with above-average corn harvest this fall. While damage to farms and corn crops […]

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Blue Flint Ethanol looking at wheat straw and corn stover to provide steam post-coal

Blue Flint Ethanol looking at wheat straw and corn stover to provide steam post-coal

August 10, 2020 |

In North Dakota, as Blue Flint Ethanol looks for alternative energy sources ahead of the 2022 closure of the nearby coal plant it currently relies upon for steam, the Bismarck Tribune reports that the company is exploring the use of wheat straw and corn stover as alternatives. It recently received a $155,000 grant from the […]

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Ethanol crush margins strengthen on higher prices and cheaper corn

Ethanol crush margins strengthen on higher prices and cheaper corn

July 28, 2020 |

In Illinois, Platts reports rising ethanol prices and lower corn prices helped to push up ethanol crush margins over the past week to 13.58 cents per gallon, up 6.51 cents on the week. On Monday, Platts said Chicago Argo ethanol was at $1.2965/gal, up 5.35 cents on the week. Ethanol production fell the week before […]

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BASF and Isobionics launch corn-based alternative to sandalwood oil

BASF and Isobionics launch corn-based alternative to sandalwood oil

July 19, 2020 |

In Germany, BASF Nutrition & Health and Isobionics are launching their first joint product, a new fragrance in BASF’s portfolio. The starting material for the fermentation process is corn starch obtained from corn grown in Europe. Thanks to its woody odor profile, the new fragrance in BASF’s portfolio is a convincing alternative to sandalwood oil. […]

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Researchers look at corn and miscanthus energy efficiency

Researchers look at corn and miscanthus energy efficiency

June 30, 2020 |

In Illinois, in a recent study published in Frontiers in Plant Science, where researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of Oxford worked with maize and the bioenergy crop Miscanthus to find that the decline in the efficiency of leaves at the bottom of the canopy was not due to their age but […]

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Indian commission suggests allowing corn as ethanol feedstock

Indian commission suggests allowing corn as ethanol feedstock

June 2, 2020 |

In India, the Hindu Business Line reports that despite the controversy created by approving the use of spoiled, surplus rice for ethanol feedstock, the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices now believes that using corn as ethanol feedstock should be allowed as well. Corn prices have collapsed nationally, so much that the government has had […]

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Iran to use imported Brazilian aflatoxin infected corn for hand sanitizer production

Iran to use imported Brazilian aflatoxin infected corn for hand sanitizer production

May 27, 2020 |

In Iran, Press TV reports Brazilian corn that arrived last year but has been stuck in port due to aflatoxin contamination will instead be used as ethanol feedstock. Customs authorities will release the shipment that has been at Imam Khomeini Port since it was unloaded. The government originally planned to destroy the shipment despite complaints […]

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Ukraine to limit corn exports despite falling ethanol demand

Ukraine to limit corn exports despite falling ethanol demand

April 27, 2020 |

In the Ukraine, Reuters reports that the government is thinking of limiting its corn exports to 29.3 million metric tons for the 2019/20 crop despite expected lower demand for ethanol production. Exports are also beginning to be hit as demand for imports falls. The country has already exported 25.2 million tons this season. Russia and […]

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U.S. Grains Council releases 2019/2020 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report

U.S. Grains Council releases 2019/2020 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report

April 26, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the 2019/2020 U.S. corn crop faced many challenges, including late planting, delayed maturation and late harvests. Even with these challenges, data compiled in the U.S. Grains Council’s latest report indicate the majority of the crop – 71.2% of samples tested – still had a test weight at or above the limit for […]

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ADM to reduce ethanol grind in response to market conditions

ADM to reduce ethanol grind in response to market conditions

April 26, 2020 |

In Illinois, ADM is temporarily idling ethanol production at the company’s corn dry mill facilities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Columbus, Nebraska. ADM is managing ethanol production throughout its U.S. corn processing network to focus on cash flows and to divert corn grind to other products that are in higher demand, such as alcohol for […]

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