Conference Addresses US Grains Importers Concerns

In Audio, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Exports by Cindy

More than 200 international buyers and end-users were in Minneapolis earlier this week to meet with grain suppliers and to hear from industry and government leaders about prospects for U.S. export capacity, particularly in light of this year’s drought. “What we’re telling customers around the world is how the U.S. producers will be there for them,” said Tom Sleight, President …

USDA Economist on Outlook for Grains

In Audio, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Events by Cindy

A highlight for the 2012 Export Exchange this week in Minneapolis was a presentation by USDA Chief Economist Dr. Joe Glauber on the supply and demand outlook for coarse grains, both in the United States and globally. Needless to say, much of his focus was on the impact on this year’s drought in the U.S. “What looked like was going …

The Devil Is in the (DDGS) Details

In Biofuels, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel by Cathryn

In yet another gross simplification of a complex situation, a media uproar has given new life to the food versus fuel debate of 2008. A throwback to election years past, this perennial panic-producing paradox invades our homes yet again coaxing us to join the fracas. It seems simple. Choose how the nation’s corn crop should be used. Everyone scream an …

Research on Feeding Modified Distillers Grains to Cattle

In Audio, CUTC, Distillers Grains by Chuck

Up and coming researchers in the corn industry showcase their projects at the Corn Utilization Technology Conference poster competition. One of them is Kaitlyn McClelland, University of Minnesota. Kaitlyn’s poster project is titled, “Effect of Modified Distillers Grains with Solubles and Crude Soybean Glycerin Inclusion in Beef Cattle Finishing Diets on Beef Quality.” She says that “Our nutritionist wanted to …

Ethanol Co-Product Energizes Dairy Feed

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Livestock by Cindy

Research by a South Dakota State University dairy science student shows the energy value of the ethanol co-product distillers grains (DDGS) in dairy feed. Sanjeewa Ranathunga was recognized for his research at the recent annual meeting of the Midwest American Dairy Science Association meetings with the Young Dairy Scholars Award. Ranathunga is in the final stages of his Ph.D. program …

How Does the Cookie Crumble?

In Distillers Grains, Food, General by Cathryn

Who doesn’t love sampling something delicious for a taste test?  Momentarily throwing daily calorie counting to the wind, for science of course, to issue an expert opinion on which option really is the best?  The time honored tradition, from the simple bake-off to the meticulously conducted research testing new candies, continues to elevate everyday eaters to connoisseurs willing to share …

TV Series Features Life of Corn Kernel

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Farming by Cindy

A syndicated kid’s show that explores the outdoors will feature the life of a corn kernel in an episode airing this week. An episode of the Into the Outdoors series titled, “Big Things from Small Stuff” will be shown this weekend, January 21-22, on local channels in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Wisconsin Farmers Mark Schroeder and Bill Hoffman and Cambria-based …

The Underrated Value of Distillers Grains

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, feed, Livestock, USDA by Cindy

A new USDA report gives even more credit where credit is due to the value of the ethanol co-product known as distillers grains or DDGS in livestock and poultry feed. The major finding of the report is that a metric ton of DDGS can replace an average of 1.22 metric tons of corn and soybean meal feed. “We found that, …

Surprise! More Corn Than Expected

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, feed, USDA by Cindy

More corn stocks than expected showed up in the latest report out from USDA on Friday, which was a big surprise for many of the market watchers. Despite the fact that corn stocks are reported to be 34% lower than a year ago, it was expected to be much worse, even just a few weeks prior to the Friday Grain …

When the Numbers Do Lie

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, Livestock by Cathryn

In a world of splashy magazine covers and sexed-up headlines, it can be easy to obscure the facts with so-called data. Correlating figures to create data may sounds simple, but in choosing how to present the aggregated collection and conclusions of research, the data suppliers become the gatekeepers to the truth. To effectively assess the validity of the information, it …