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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
May 31, 2012

Armed Services Committee vote, a negative impact on rural America, Vilsack says

“I hope that people will understand the negative impact this [the recent Senate Armed Services Committee vote] has on rural America,” said Ag....More
May 29, 2012

Monsanto to purchase Precision Planting for $250 million

The ag version of a rags to riches story just occurred last week when Monsanto announced that it will purchase Precision Planting, Inc., for $250....More
May 29, 2012

One tough ride

A little over a week ago, Team FIN tractor- and truck-tester Daryl Bridenbaugh got hurt while doing something he loved: driving his John Deere 4020....More
May 25, 2012

Energy security: fuel for thought this Memorial Day

DoD officials expect that investments in the alternative fuels industry “will get us to a place where alternative fuels are sustainable, scalable and....More
May 16, 2012

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers disputes ethanol study findings

“If ethanol and other biofuels are such superior products, producers should join petroleum refiners in calling for an end to the Renewable Fuel....More
May 15, 2012

How ethanol has reduced gas prices

Ethanol reduced the average American household’s spending on gasoline by more than $1,200 in 2011, the RFA estimates....More
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