Rethinking the carbon reduction value of corn ethanol

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A South Dakota farmer and ethanol industry leader says corn ethanol continues to be unfairly penalized in low carbon fuel markets. Ron Alverson, president of the American Coalition for Ethanol board of directors, says current carbon intensity models for biofuels do not fully recognize the positive effect that corn has on soil organic matter. “They… Read more »

Iowa corn planting 57 percent complete

Last week’s rains slowed planting progress in Iowa. Statewide, just 17 percent of the corn crop was planted during the past week. But with 57 percent of the crop planted, progress remained eight days ahead of the five-year average. Farmers in north central and central Iowa have already planted over three-quarters of their corn crop…. Read more »

Nebraska planting slowed by rain

Last week’s wet and cool conditions prevented Nebraska farmers from making widespread planting progress. As of Sunday, 26 percent of the Nebraska corn crop was planted compared to the five-year average of 31 percent. Seven percent of the corn has emerged. Two percent of soybeans were planted, compared to six on average. The rains have… Read more »

Growing more corn with less water

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At the recent Water for Food conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, Chris Tingle of Syngenta gave us an update on his company’s work in the area of water optimization. One of their newest endeavors, in collaboration with Lindsay, is the Water+ Intelligent Irrigation Platform, an integrated solution designed to help corn growers realize the full potential… Read more »

Alverson: Corn deserves more ‘carbon reduction’ credit

A South Dakota farmer and ethanol industry leader says corn ethanol continues to be unfairly penalized in low carbon fuel markets. Ron Alverson, president of the American Coalition for Ethanol board of directors, says current carbon intensity models for biofuels do not fully recognize the positive effect that corn has on soil organic matter. “They… Read more »

Nebraska ag director supports proposed chicken plant

Nebraska director of agriculture Greg Ibach supports Costco’s plan to build a chicken processing facility in eastern Nebraska. Ibach says the plant will allow Nebraska to diversify its livestock industry. “We’re used to being a national leader in beef and pork—and now we’re going to be able to grow in the poultry industry,” Ibach says…. Read more »

Grassley: ‘Zero’ chance Congress will pass labeling bill

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the odds are “zero” that a GMO labeling bill will make it through Congress before Vermont’s labeling law goes into effect July 1st. But Grassley says that situation could change if other states pass their own GMO labeling bills. “I can tell you a process that might bring people to… Read more »

Grassley discusses GMO labeling bill’s prospects

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Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the odds are “zero” that a GMO labeling bill will make it through Congress before Vermont’s labeling law goes into effect July 1st. But Grassley, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says the situation could change if other states start passing their own GMO labeling laws. Grassley commented in a Monday… Read more »

Ethanol gains favor as climate focus intensifies

As the focus on carbon reduction and climate change intensifies around the world, ethanol seems to be gaining favor. A debate has raged for years over ethanol’s carbon footprint and whether or not it plays a positive role in fighting climate change.  But U.S. corn ethanol fuel production has experienced significant energy use and greenhouse… Read more »

Are we still in the ‘new era’ of corn and soybean prices?

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Many ag economists think we entered a new era of corn and soybean prices back in 2007.  They believe the new era replaced the previous era that spanned from 1973 through 2006, primarily driven by demand shifts associated with rising biofuel production, particularly corn-based ethanol. So after the relatively low price period of recent years, is this new era of higher prices still… Read more »