During a recent tour of Illinois River Energy in Rochelle, IL, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and staff learned about new and innovative techniques to produce ethanol that lesson the energy requirement and create more valuable co-products. Corn-based ethanol gets more and more efficient every day!
Did you see in this recent study by Stanford University
, the researchers determined that high yield agriculture prevented the equivalent of 590 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere? According to the researchers, their results, “Dispel the notion that modern intensive agriculture is inherently worse for the environment than a more ‘old-fashioned’ way of doing things.”
High yield agriculture is good for the environment. And these higher yields are what is producing enough corn to fuel our countries green-energy revolution.
Wind farms are a growing segment of interest within the agricultural community. They are an environmentally friendly resource that provides the farmer with additional income for his investment in land. Some windmills completely pay for themselves, providing power needs for the farmer and donating power back to the grid.
The storms that continue to pound Illinois fields added yet another chapter on Wednesday night. Here are the skies over one central Illinois farm, and the rain gauge on Thursday morning.
As the country song says, rain is a good thing, but too much rain literally drowns crops. Farmers are struggling to drain water from the land, as the soil has already soaked up more than it can handle and fertilizer or crop protection applications continue to be delayed because fields are too muddy to drive in.
Three weeks without rain would be a welcome change, giving the fields time to dry out, farmers a chance to work, and a very happy change in mood around the IL Corn office!
This Friday Farm Photo was snapped by Dan Cole from the loading sight at Bunge in East Hannibal, Missouri, between lock and dam 22 and 23 on the Mississippi river. It is gathering up barges at East Hannibal to form one large barge to bring down the river. For more information on how vital the river system is to Illinois economy, click here.
Last week we showed you a picture of a corn field in Shawneetown, this weeks photo comes from a Wapella farm. To bring some perspective to how tall the corn is, we’ve enlisted a model to help out, a one year old model.
We at Illinois Corn love the Midwestern Gold blog. We love it so much we feel like honoring them by ripping off their Friday Farm Photo idea! After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?
This photo comes from Shawneetown farmer Jeff Scates. He finished up replanting corn about a week ago, but this picture is from the first field that was planted back on April 2.
So much for the saying “knee high by the 4th of July!”
ICGA/ICMB Communications Assistant