Lynn Grooms

10 herbicides for 2015
The herbicide class of 2015 includes products with residual control and multiple modes of action to combat herbicide-resistant weeds.
Unlocking valuable crop residue
There’s a treasure trove of nutrients in the ‘leftovers,’ and a new tool helps get some back.
Optimized ethanol genetics
Corn breeders are looking at ways to boost biofuel output from every bushel of corn you raise.
Uncertainty clouds the future of biofuels
EPA delays its ROV decision in the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014. The uncertainty has impacted the biodiesel industry, too. EPA’s slow move on the renewable fuel standard is creating uncertainty.
Shaping the future of biofuels
Working in 70 countries, Abengoa Bioenergy is no stranger to alternative fuel production. The company’s new Hugoton, Kan., facility uses best harvest management practices. The plant will produce 25 million gallons of ethanol, and electricity from biomass.
Harvesting corn stover in sustainable ways
Research work shows it's possible to harvest a portion of crop biomass and not hinder soil quality or organic matter in the process.
Producing renewable energy for the farm and for sale
On-farm renewable energy production has doubled. A range of materials can be used to heat and power farms. Matching the right material to the right use is one challenge.
Renewable fuels industry waits for RFS
The renewable fuel industry is still waiting on a 2014 RFS ruling from.
Biodiesel industry turns to corn oil
Movement to pull corn oil out as a co-product of ethanol production offers income potential for plants and a closer tie between ethanol and biodiesel.
Biodiesel’s future muddied by EPA’s RFS proposal
The Renewable Fuels Standard could cut biodiesel demand by 40%. Grassroots pressure on the EPA and Congress is needed through the spring. Tax incentive helps more than farmers, as rural communities benefit, too.
Alternative crops for more than just biofuel
Renewable Fuels Standard worries don’t darken the future of alternative grasses for energy and chemical use. Energy-crop seed producers are working on new traits for productivity and enhanced output for a range of uses. U.S. growth is slower than other countries, but seed producers remain optimistic about the future.
Water quality trading markets could offer new income stream


Economic solutions have been a solid tool for achieving environmental goals. Perhaps the most famous is the idea of power plants trading pollution credits, but there’s one for water that could benefit your farm.

USDA and EPA recently announced they are working together to support the development of water quality trading markets. These markets are expected to provide farmers and ranchers with new income opportunities, in addition to enhancing water quality and conservation.

Big food companies make moves to source sustainably
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture is seeing more clearly the need for and value of sustainable crop production.
Cellulosic ethanol industry overcoming barriers to bring the tech online
Ethanol plants will come to fruition by 2014. Companies are working out the details of harvesting cellulose without harming the soil. The fight over the Renewable Fuel Standard has made investors wary of new tech.
Making the right cover crop decisions 
Choices for Midwest growers abound, depending on what you want to accomplish.

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