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Jul 11, 2012

Biomass harvesting shows minimal impact on soil

“From the beginning we’ve said we would pay close attention to the data in determining our contracts with farmers. We’re clearly well within the....More
Jul 06, 2012

How bad is corn crop in west central Illinois?

First the bad news....More
Jul 03, 2012

Where the wild things are

When the action of the season gets busy, nothings breaks up the pace like a little distraction. Nothing really breaks it up like some serious....More
Jul 03, 2012

Commercial cellulosic ethanol a reality, DuPont Industrial Biosciences president says

Four cellulosic ethanol facilities under construction could eventually produce 110 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year. These facilities....More
Jun 29, 2012

It's time for baling season

Temperatures hit a humid, 98 degrees this week and you know what that means: it’s baling season. I don’t know why, but invariably, it....More
Jun 29, 2012

Cellulosic ethanol commercialization getting closer, but still dependent on RFS

The RFS is the single largest reason Abengoa Bioenergy (as one example) has invested millions in developing technologies for the production of....More
Jun 27, 2012

Heat-tolerant enzyme for cellulosic ethanol production isolated from Russian hot springs

This enzyme can function in temperatures up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit compared to fungal enzymes that cannot function in such extreme temperatures....More
Jun 22, 2012

Self-propelled sprayers: Time to review the basics

  Self-propelled sprayers are out in full force on Midwest corn and soybean fields. So, we thought it would be a good time to review some....More
Jun 18, 2012

EPA approves misfueling mitigation plans, OPEI voices concerns

EPA’s prior experience with the introduction of new fuels shows that labeling alone is insufficient to prevent misfueling, says the Outdoor Power....More
Jun 12, 2012

Saved by my cell phone

A month ago I was putting liquid nitrogen on our corn fields. I stopped at my home and partially filled my tank and talked to my wife and then left....More
Jun 11, 2012

Along for the ride: My thanks to Mark Pearson

We all lost a great friend this past week. Mark Pearson, the host of Iowa Public Television's "Market to Market" program aired around....More
Jun 07, 2012

High school graduation on the farm

Marie has graduated from high school! Graduation is like a milepost passed by along the pathway of life. Marie's graduation class started....More
Jun 06, 2012

Handwriting on the wall

My husband Jordan and I are the fifth generation to live on the family farm. His great, great grandfather settled the homestead a century ago. Over....More
Jun 04, 2012

The trouble with too much rain

With over six inches of rain in the past month in many parts of the Upper Midwest, farmers are enduring one of the wettest springs in years....More
Jun 04, 2012

Crops off to good start while dry weather persists

It is much easier to have a good finish when one gets off to a good start.  The 2012 corn crop is certainly off to a great start. Our....More
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