New Analysis Reaffirms Importance of Ethanol

Kelly Marshall

A brand new USDA analysis finds that U.S. corn-based ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to gasoline, greater than previous estimates and something the ethanol industry has been saying for years. Unlike other studies of GHG benefits, which relied on forecasts of future ethanol production systems and expected impacts on the farm sector, the new “Life-Cycle Analysis …

Corn, Ethanol, NCGA, USDA

#Farmers Find #GMOs Sustainable

Cindy Zimmerman

A new survey finds that the main reason farmers have increased their use of genetically modified (GM) crops is sustainability. The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) surveyed farmers on their attitudes towards GM technology and found that farmers believe biotechnology helps raise crops more efficiently, and that the environment and sustainability practices …

Audio, biotechnology, Corn, GMO, NCGA, sustainability, USFRA

NCGA Announces 2016 Yield Contest Winners

Kelly Marshall

This year’s entires into the National Corn Growers Association 2016 National Corn yield Contest showed some of the highest results ever, with a record five entries surpassing the 400 bushel per acre mark.  Six production categories mean there is no overall winner, but the top three entries in each of the six categories averaged more than 375 bushels per acre.  When …

Ag Group, Contest, Corn, NCGA

Nuclear Methods Help MU Researchers Battle Pests

Kelly Marshall

Researchers at the University of Missouri are using nuclear methods to find ways to feed the growing populations.  Their process has allowed them to determine the mechanisms corn plants use to battle the western corn rootworm.  Now scientists believe that information could help them develop lines of resistance in corn. “The western corn rootworm is a voracious pest,” said Richard …

Corn, Research

Beck’s & Benson Hill Partner for Corn Genetics

Cindy Zimmerman

Beck’s Hybrids is one of the largest retail seed companies in North America, and now thanks to a partnership with agriculture technology company Benson Hill Biosystems, they’ll be able to accelerate their corn breeding program in the future. Using Benson Hill’s CropOS cognitive platform, Beck’s will gain yet another tool to enhance the ability to offer farmers improved traits. The …

ASTA, Audio, Corn, seed

DuPont Pioneer Unveils New Corn and Soybean Products

Cindy Zimmerman

With the theme of “Innovation Elevates Performance for Growers,” DuPont Pioneer used virtual press conferences this week to unveil new corn and soybean products by region. Pioneer is launching 54 new A-Series soybeans for North America; and 53 new top-yielding corn products as part of its expanded lineup for 2017 spring planting. A-Series soybeans are “the highest yielding line of …

Audio, Corn, Dupont Pioneer, Soybeans

The BioAg Alliance Launches Microbial Seed Coating

Kelly Marshall

Through The BioAg Alliance, Monsanto Company and Novozymes have a new project in the works.  As part of the commitment to innovative microbial solutions a new corn inoculant, Acceleron B-300 SAT, is being introduced.  The product is based on a fungus found in soil and has shown promising results with a two-year average yield advantage of more than 3 bushels per …

Agribusiness, Corn, Monsanto, seed

Reaction to Election and Policy Priorities for NCGA

Lizzy Schultz

Much of the conversation during NAFB’s Trade Talksurrounded the industry’s response to the election of Donald Trump, and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Wesley Spurlock was on hand to discuss what this new administration will means for NCGA and how the organization intends to move forward into the future. “It is great to have the election behind us, …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, EPA, NAFB, NCGA, Policy, trade

Two Weeks To NCYC Harvest Deadline

Kelly Marshall

The National Corn Growers Association reminds growers that the deadline for the 2016 National Corn Yield Contest is just a few weeks away.  Online entries must be completed within seven business days of their final yield check, or by November 21, whichever comes first. The online form can be accessed by farmers and seed representatives with the same login process …

Ag Group, Contest, Corn, NCGA

Precision Investments Paying Off

Cindy Zimmerman

The chairman of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) says the investment farmers have made in new technology and equipment is paying off for their customers. Maryland farmer Chip Councell, who was attending an event in Detroit this week to promote exports of U.S. coarse grains and ethanol co-products to international buyers, related how farmers in his area were able to …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, Exports, Grain