Tag: Midwest

Ethanol shipments via rail taking twice as long due to bad weather

Ethanol shipments via rail taking twice as long due to bad weather

January 10, 2014 |

From the Midwest to the Northeast, ethanol shipments by both rail and truck have been severely delayed due to the extreme winter weather experienced in those parts of the country. Roughly 70% of the country’s ethanol is shipped by rail but rail transportation in areas affected by the weather are taking twice as long as […]

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Ethanol production picks up, driving corn prices alongside

Ethanol production picks up, driving corn prices alongside

October 24, 2013 |

Across the Midwest, ethanol production is picking back up again with 897,000 barrels of ethanol produced last week—the highest since June 2012. That increase in production has boosted corn prices, however, though prices remain less than $4.5 per bushel rather than $6 per bushel seen earlier in the year. High demand for DDGS, especially from […]

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Midwest biodiesel producer looking for equity partner, buyer to scale

Midwest biodiesel producer looking for equity partner, buyer to scale

October 7, 2013 |

In the Midwest, the investment bank 321 Capital has indicated that an unnamed but operational Midwest-based biodiesel producer is seeking an equity parner or entirety buyer for the company. The company, which has a 3.5 MMgy capacity, is seeking a buyer to take the facility to the next level, where an expansion could allow for […]

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Enogen corn seen doubling acreage in 2014 to 120,000 acres

Enogen corn seen doubling acreage in 2014 to 120,000 acres

September 25, 2013 |

In the Midwest, Syngenta’s Enogen corn variety that has the alpha amylase enzyme needed for ethanol production genetically inserted into the grain was planted on 65,000 acres this year in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. As much as 120,000 acres are expected for planting next year. Three ethanol plants are already signed up to […]

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Southern corn heads up the Mighty Miss to produce Midwestern ethanol

Southern corn heads up the Mighty Miss to produce Midwestern ethanol

September 2, 2013 |

In the Midwest, corn from southern farmers is headed north to Midwestern ethanol plants, reversing a centuries-old trend of southern-going corn barges headed down the Mississippi River. Southern corn is typically exported but last year’s drought means low supplies in the Midwest and high enough corn prices that exports have fallen to a 41-year low.

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Heartland oil refiners getting hit by RIN squeeze more than coastal refiners

Heartland oil refiners getting hit by RIN squeeze more than coastal refiners

April 4, 2013 |

In the Midwest, Reuters reports that oil refiners in the Midwest are getting hit hard with the need to buy expensive RINs because they don’t have the capacity to blend ethanol themselves and aren’t able to make up for the losses by exporting ethanol-free gasoline like coastal area refiners are able to do.

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Pressures on ethanol industry weighing on Midwest recovery

Pressures on ethanol industry weighing on Midwest recovery

December 5, 2012 |

In Nebraska, the Mid-America Business Conditions Index shows that pressures on the ethanol industry are one of the factors keeping the region’s economy from recovering. “Nondurable goods producers, including food manufacturers and ethanol processors, are experiencing job losses while durable goods manufacturers are expanding their job levels, but at a slow pace. As a result […]

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"Stay Midwest, young biofuels entrepreneur": a counterpoint

"Stay Midwest, young biofuels entrepreneur": a counterpoint

January 31, 2011 |

On Friday, the Digest received a surge in comments on its Top Story, “Go West, young biofuels entrepreneur,” in which we wrote: “As we examine the great technologies that are moving forward and the great technologies that have struggled for support, the difference between all too many of the winners and losers can be summed […]

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