Corn to China is a Big Deal

In Distillers Grains, Exports by Cindy

The day after USDA forecast a three percent increase in corn exports this coming year, China gave that prediction a boost by purchasing 14.5 million bushels, with the promise of more. The 369,000 tons, bought by China’s state-owned Cofco Limited, was the country’s second major purchase in less than a month, according to USDA. This is a big deal because …

Fueling Juicy Steaks

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

It is pretty hard to improve upon corn-fed beef, but research coming out of the University of Illinois shows that there may be a way to maintain the delicious flavor and reasonable cost while improving farmer profitability. Beef lovers know that high marbling makes a great steak.  Just by looking at the cut in the butcher’s case, they can see …

The Sky is Not Falling

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Food Prices by Cindy

Food companies that rely on cheap corn are running around like chickens with their heads cut off and crying foul again with so-called “studies” submitted to the EPA that “prove” food prices will increase if the blend rate for ethanol in gasoline is increased to 15 percent. But wait just a minute. The latest Consumer Price Index shows consumers are …

Adding Value to Ethanol

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Farming, Livestock, State Groups by Cindy

Iowa corn growers are investing in a corn oil and animal feed processor plant to add value to corn ethanol. The investment in Merrill, IA-based Plymouth Oil Company is being made through Iowa Corn Opportunities, an equity fund established by the Iowa Corn Growers Association for investment and business development. “Plymouth Oil Company represents an important step forward for the …

Missouri Dairies Benefit From DDGS

In Distillers Grains, Livestock, State Groups by Cindy

Dairy farmers and livestock producers from southern Missouri gathered at the McCallister Farm last week to explore nutritional considerations, storage techniques and the economic advantages for feeding livestock the ethanol co-product dried distillers grains (DDGs). Sponsored by the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC) and University of Missouri Extension, the field day drew a crowd of 75 producers and guests from …

DDGs Can Give Piglets a Boost

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Livestock by Cindy

New research indicates that dried distillers grains (DDGS) can help hog producers looking for new feed supplements for younger swine. According to studies by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists, feeding the ethanol by-product to piglets can give their immune systems an extra boost. The majority of DDGS are fed to beef and dairy cattle but livestock producers also use DDGS …