Groups Urge Trump to Stop EPA Changes to RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

Biofuels stakeholder organizations have sent a letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to “act quickly to prevent actions” at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that threaten to undermine future growth of the biofuels industry under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “If the proposed changes are finalized, EPA’s actions would cause severe harm to our industry, undermining your efforts to …

AEM, Ag Group, Biodiesel, Corn, Ethanol, NCGA, RFA

Corn Stover Could Generate Electricity

Cindy Zimmerman

Two new studies show that generating energy from corn stover biomass could create a new market for farmers and increase the value of ethanol by reducing its overall carbon footprint. The studies are based on the premise that the crop residue left behind in the fields after corn to be used for ethanol is harvested. Iowa-based Regional Strategic, Ltd. examined …

Biofuels, biomass, Corn, Energy, Ethanol

Corn Progress Lagging

Cindy Zimmerman

About seven percent of the nation’s corn crop has been harvested so far, but maturity of the crop is running behind average. Less corn acres have reached the dented or mature stage than the five-year average according to the latest USDA crop progress report. With 86 percent of total corn acres dented by September 17 and mature acres at only …

AgWired Energy, Corn, USDA

Iowa Makes $2.8B Grain Deal with Taiwan

Cindy Zimmerman

A trade team from Taiwan visited Iowa last week and signed letters of intent to purchase $2.8 billion worth of U.S. grains over the next two years. The deal includes corn, soybeans, wheat, and the ethanol co-product distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS). Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) Director Mark Heckman signed the letter of intent between ICPB and the …

AgWired Energy, Corn, distillers grains, Ethanol, Feed, Trade, Wheat

No Hurricane Damage Included in New Crop Report

Cindy Zimmerman

Two hurricanes in the past two weeks mean that the September Crop Production report is already a bit out of date. Rainfall from Hurricane Harvey caused flooding in parts of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana, impacting data collection activities for the September report, so NASS will collect harvested acreage information in both states for a number of crops in preparation …

Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybean, USDA

Achieve Your Personal Best Yields with Bayer’s Delaro™

Jamie Johansen

Bayer understands the need for chemistry that covers a broad range of environmental conditions. They also know the best way to do that is with a product that has two modes of action focused on advanced formulas with unique movement the entire growing season. We spoke with Bayer’s Dr. Randy Myers during the 2017 Farm Progress Show who provided us …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Audio, Bayer, Corn, Crop Science, Farm Progress Show, Fungicide, Soybean

Vietnam to Resume Imports of U.S. DDGS

Cindy Zimmerman

The government of Vietnam has notified the U.S. that it will resume imports of American distillers dried grains (DDGS), which were suspended in December 2016 after reported detections of quarantine pests in U.S. shipments, according to USDA. Prior to the suspension, Vietnam was the third-largest market for U.S. DDGS, with exports valued at more than $230 million in 2016. The …

Corn, Ethanol, Exports, Feed, Grains

Biofuels Voices Comment on RFS Rule

Cindy Zimmerman

The comment period for the EPA’s proposed volume obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has officially ended and stakeholders in both the biodiesel and ethanol industries made their voices heard. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments “urging the agency to finalize the RVOs that were included in EPA’s first draft of the proposal that was submitted …

ACE, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, Ethanol, RFA

NCGA Officers at #FPS17

Cindy Zimmerman

Officers of the National Corn Growers Association are busy at the 2017 Farm Progress Show this week. I had a chance to chat with NCGA president Wesley Spurlock of Texas, first vice president Kevin Skunes from South Dakota, and 1st VP elect Lynn Chrisp first thing yesterday morning at show. We talked about a variety of topics, including crop conditions …

AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, Corn, Farm Progress Show, NCGA

Cellerate + Enogen Could Meet Cellulosic Ethanol Goal

Cindy Zimmerman

If every corn ethanol plant in the country were to convert to Cellerate bolt-on technology combined with Enogen® corn enzyme technology from Syngenta, the country could more than meet the goals for cellulosic biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard. “There’s a one billion to two billion gallon opportunity in the United States without grinding anymore corn,” said Delayne Johnson, CEO …

ACE, AgWired Energy, Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Syngenta