innovation

NCGA Launches Open Innovation Challenge to Find the Next Big Thing for Corn

Dan Corn, Industry News Release

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), along with innovation facilitator NineSigma, announced the launch of a global competition to identify new and innovative uses for field corn as a renewable feedstock for making sustainable chemicals with significant market demand. Growing interest in America’s emerging bio-economy and continued improvements in sustainable corn production underscore the versatility and potential of this crop.  …

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NCGA Launches Open Innovation Challenge to Find the Next Big Thing for Corn

Dan Corn, Industry News Release

The Consider Corn Challenge Seeks New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Sustainable Chemicals The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), along with innovation facilitator NineSigma, announced the launch of a global competition to identify new and innovative uses for field corn as a renewable feedstock for making sustainable chemicals with significant market demand. Growing interest in America’s emerging bio-economy …

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Fatal Injuries Reported in Wisconsin Corn Mill Explosion

Dan Corn, Industry News Release

At least one is dead and others missing as of Thursday afternoon following an explosion at a Wisconsin corn mill. Two workers remained missing Thursday after the explosion at the Didion (did-e-an) Milling facility in Cambria, Wisconsin. Sixteen employees were working at the facility Wednesday night where an explosion and large fire occurred in the corn mill, not the adjacent …

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Corn Replant Expected to reach “Historic” Levels

Dan Corn, Industry News Release

Seed industry leaders are expecting corn replant rates this year to reach historic levels. Ryan Parkin of Beck’s Hybrids told DTN-The Progressive Farmer “this will be a historic replant year, particularly for corn.” Many seed companies say the year ranks first or second in company history for replanting demand. Spring rains were far too abundant, leaving fields across the Midwest …

margin protection

USDA Approves Modifications to Margin Protection Plan of Insurance for Crops

Dan Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency this week announced greater crop insurance options for farmers against unexpected decreases in their operating margin. Offered through the federal crop insurance program, margin protection insurance for corn, wheat, rice and soybeans will be available in more states and have updates designed to better clarify the real input costs covered beginning in …

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Cargill: Grain Glut to Last

Dan Grain, Industry News Release

Cargill expects international grain markets to remain oversupplied. The company’s CEO told Reuters recently that the oversupply will remain “for a long time” due to bountiful harvests and an increase of crops in storage. Global corn, wheat and soybean inventories have increased over the last four years in the longest stretch of gains since the late 1990s, according to the …

wasde report

May WASDE Report Mostly Neutral

Dan Industry News Release

The monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report by the Department of Agriculture released Wednesday predicts a U.S. corn crop of 14.06 billion bushels, down 1.08 billion from last year. The monthly report is also projecting a U.S. soybean crop of 4.25 billion bushels, down from the 4.3-billion-bushel crop last year. USDA projects ending stocks for new crop corn …

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Syngenta Corn Lawsuits Underway

Dan Corn, Industry News Release

The first of several lawsuits filed against Syngenta is underway. Syngenta is facing dozens of lawsuits that claim a move by the company depressed corn prices in 2013. The farmers involved claim Syngenta’s selling of a corn trait that was not approved to export to China, and found in shipments of U.S. corn to China, depressed U.S. corn prices and …

corn plantings

2017 Corn Plantings Falling Behind

Dan Field & Row Crops, Industry News Release 154 Comments

Wet conditions across the Corn Belt are delaying corn plantings. The Department of Agriculture indicated earlier this week corn plantings have fallen slightly behind the five-year average, and wet weather this week in the Midwest will likely bring further delays. With six percent of total corn acres planted by April 16th, progress fell three percentage points short of the five-year …

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Reebok to Manufacture Shoes Made from Corn, Organic Cotton

Dan Corn, Cotton, Industry News Release, Organic 11 Comments

Reebok will begin making shoes from corn and organic cotton later this year. The initiative is an effort to create more sustainable products. A Reebok spokesperson says: “Reebok is trying to clean up the entire life cycle of shoe making,” Reebok says the sole of the new shoe will be made with petroleum-free, non-toxic industrial-grown corn, while the body of …

Analysis Reaffirms Ethanol’s GHG Emissions Reduction Benefits

Dan Energy, Industry News Release 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued new analysis today on the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of corn-based ethanol. The analysis, conducted by ICF, found that typical corn-based ethanol achieves a 43 percent greenhouse gas reduction when compared to 2005-era gasoline, and by 2022, corn-based ethanol is projected to increase to a 50 percent greenhouse gas reduction over the life of …