corn http://iowapublicradio.org en For Farmers Who Rent, 2014 Could Be a Tough Year http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmers-who-rent-2014-could-be-tough-year <p></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:43:54 +0000 Peter Gray 36054 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Farmers Who Rent, 2014 Could Be a Tough Year The Renewable Fuel Standard http://iowapublicradio.org/post/renewable-fuel-standard <p>A decade ago ethanol was touted as an eco-friendly biofuel that would not only decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil, but also boost the Midwest's economy. Today however, ethanol’s future is a matter of debate.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.epa.gov/">Environmental Protection Agency </a>recently <a href="http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/documents/420f13048.pdf">proposed reducing the ethanol mandate</a> for the nation’s fuel supply. Many Iowa and around Midwest believe a reduction to the RFS would be economically devastating.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:16:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 35464 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Renewable Fuel Standard New crops could kill insects by targeting their genes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-crops-could-kill-insects-targeting-their-genes <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">With rootworms building resistance to genetically modified corn that makes its own pesticide, seed companies are working on new crops that target the insects’ genes. But some worry about unintended consequences when the technology moves from the lab to the field.</span></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 33468 at http://iowapublicradio.org New crops could kill insects by targeting their genes News Buzz: Ethanol and Harvest Wrap Up http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-ethanol-and-harvest-wrap <p>Nearly all gasoline sold in the U.S. contains up to 10 percent of ethanol—a corn-based liquid often added to gasoline. As a renewable fuel ethanol reduces the amount of petroleum-based gasoline on the market and many farmers receive subsidies to grow corn for the biofuel. But now the Environmental Protection Agency is considering a reduction in the required amount of ethanol for the country's gasoline supply.&nbsp; Harvest Public Media's Ames-based reporter <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/amy-mayer">Amy Mayer</a> and host Ben Kieffer discuss the future of ethanol in the U.S.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:13:51 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 32528 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Ethanol and Harvest Wrap Up Iowa Politicians Critical of Investigative AP Report on Ethanol http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-politicians-critical-investigative-ap-report-ethanol <p></p><p>Critics are challenging an investigative report by the Associated Press that says ethanol production is damaging the environment. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, the debate comes as the Environmental Protection Agency is getting closer to finalizing how much ethanol will be blended into gasoline in 2014.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:20:15 +0000 Clay Masters 32012 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Politicians Critical of Investigative AP Report on Ethanol Bringing in the Harvest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bringing-harvest <p>Pam Johnson has just wrapped up a term as president of the National Corn Growers Association. She and her husband and two sons farm in Floyd County in North Iowa. Johnson testified in July before a U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy about the need to continue the Renewable Fuels Standard for ethanol.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:05:58 +0000 Pat Blank 31246 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bringing in the Harvest Turn Here Sweet Corn http://iowapublicradio.org/post/turn-here-sweet-corn <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Through high winds and hail, dry years and wet, and through the pressures of development and corporate interests <a href="http://atinadiffley.com/" target="_blank">Atina Diffley</a> and her husband Martin ran one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:12:10 +0000 Charity Nebbe 30894 at http://iowapublicradio.org Turn Here Sweet Corn Drought Conditions are Worsening Across the State http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-conditions-are-worsening-across-state <p><em> </em></p><p>The <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/">U.S. Drought Monitor</a>’s weekly update shows drought worsening and spreading across&nbsp; the state. The monitor’s report includes Iowa in a Midwest section badly needing rain.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Iowa State University Climatologist <a href="https://twitter.com/ElwynnTaylor">Elwynn Taylor</a> says this week’s report is listing more of Iowa in a severe drought category.</p><p>“And it includes now almost all of the southern part of Iowa, and almost all of the central,” he says.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:59:01 +0000 Dean Borg 28638 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought Conditions are Worsening Across the State Dust Bowl memories offer present warning http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dust-bowl-memories-offer-present-warning <p></p><p>The Dust Bowl of the 1930s is the subject of a new documentary from Ken Burns airing this month on PBS television stations. The man-made disaster left an indelible mark on the Midwest and on history — and, as Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock reports, today’s extensive corn production could make the region vulnerable once again.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:11:49 +0000 Grant Gerlock 10798 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dust Bowl memories offer present warning Cover Crops Use Expanding http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cover-crops-use-expanding <p></p><p>While many farmers were bringing in this year’s harvest, they also were planting. &nbsp;Cover crops—like oats and winter rye—are becoming more popular, despite the time and expense involved in growing green fields that won’t ever make money—directly.&nbsp; Together with Harvest Public Media, Iowa Public Radio’s Amy Mayer explains why.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 19:18:59 +0000 Amy Mayer 9318 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cover Crops Use Expanding Drought Resistant Corn Yields http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-resistant-corn-yields <p></p><p>After the dry summer, this harvest offers a good look at what drought resistant corn can do. In conjunction with Harvest Public Media, Iowa Public Radio’s Amy Mayer reports the big companies may soon be touting their results, but farmers may not rush to plant drought resistant seed next year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:30:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 8897 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought Resistant Corn Yields Drought Means Mixed Harvest for Pumpkin Growers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-means-mixed-harvest-pumpkin-growers <p>With Halloween approaching, attention is turning to pumpkins. But not all pumpkin fields are filled with orange.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:47:58 +0000 Dean Borg 8755 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought Means Mixed Harvest for Pumpkin Growers Gas with more ethanol headed to some pumps http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gas-more-ethanol-headed-some-pumps <p>Head to your local filling station and you might see a new blend of gas at the pump. After a three-year regulatory process, the Environmental Protection Agency approved E15 – gas made with 15 percent ethanol – this summer.</p><p>Most gas we pump is already blended with ethanol, sometimes it contains as much as 10 percent, but the ethanol industry fought hard to bring E15 to the market. For ethanol backers and the farmers who feed the ethanol industry, getting drivers to pump gas with 50 percent more ethanol is a big win.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:44:39 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 8060 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gas with more ethanol headed to some pumps Drought And The Economy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-and-economy <p>What is the economic impact of this year’s drought? When it comes to food prices, agricultural experts and analysts say it means a spike due to soaring corn prices, but consumers may not see higher prices in the grocery store until 2013.&nbsp;Then we look at other economic factors in the Midwest, including how the 2012 Presidential Election could affect crude oil prices.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:51:20 +0000 Dean Borg 7964 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought And The Economy Dry Summer Means Real-Life Test for Drought-Resistant Corn http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dry-summer-means-real-life-test-drought-resistant-corn <p>One of Iowa’s largest agribusiness companies has a huge investment riding on this year’s prolonged drought. A new hybrid seed corn developed by DuPont Pioneer is being touted for its ability to improve yields under the driest conditions.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 7195 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dry Summer Means Real-Life Test for Drought-Resistant Corn Drought hurts grain farmers, but hits livestock producers hardest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-hurts-grain-farmers-hits-livestock-producers-hardest <p>It&rsquo;s official: Iowa is deep in the throes of a drought. State climatologist Harry Hillaker is calling it the worst drought since 1988. Yesterday Hillaker joined Governor Branstad at a town hall in Mount Pleasant. Farmers from across the state came to share concerns&mdash;but the most worried? It wasn&rsquo;t those with thirsty grain crops;&nbsp; it was livestock farmers.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:22:57 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 4862 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought hurts grain farmers, but hits livestock producers hardest Calm before the Corn http://iowapublicradio.org/post/calm-corn <p>Corn has been good to farmers. Helping fuel a boom in the ag sector. And as this year&rsquo;s record corn forecast indicates, Midwestern farmers can&rsquo;t seem to plant enough of the grain. Even with concerns growing about the effectiveness of today&rsquo;s high-tech genetically engineered seeds, farmers aren&rsquo;t backing down.</p><p>The land is dry and the wind blows hard in Sac County, Iowa.&nbsp; For Darwin Bettin&nbsp;it&rsquo;s a good day to be inside selling insurance. He also farms 500 acres of corn and soybeans in western Iowa.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 06:00:00 +0000 Clay Masters 2297 at http://iowapublicradio.org Calm before the Corn Early Planting of Lots of Acres Could Mean Record Corn Crop http://iowapublicradio.org/post/early-planting-lots-acres-could-mean-record-corn-crop <p>Across the Corn Belt, farmers are hoping this fall’s harvest could be one for the record books. With planting season already off to a roaring start, farmers say they’re putting in more acres of corn than they have since the Great Depression.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 13:17:14 +0000 Sarah McCammon 933 at http://iowapublicradio.org Early Planting of Lots of Acres Could Mean Record Corn Crop