Will Spring Ever Arrive?

Will Spring Ever Arrive?

April/May 2014 | Editors Note | Elise Schafer

On March 7, the NOAA’s National Weather Service reported “above normal” to “much above normal” spring flood risk throughout northwest Illinois along the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers. The risk is also above normal along the Mississippi River from Dubuque, IA, downstream to Burlington, IA, as well as in Minnesota’s Red River Valley. 

Exchange to Energize and Enlighten

| Bill Lyster

You won’t find more energy, education and equipment any­where than at GEAPS Exchange 2014, set for Feb. 22 to 25 in Omaha, NE. I have attended Exchange throughout my many years as a GEAPS member and I can tell you it is an extremely worthwhile event that energizes me and helps me stay on top of industry issues. It also provides a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

D4 RINs in 2014 Have Fallen Dramatically

D4 RINs in 2014 Have Fallen Dramatically

| Online Exclusive | By Nick Paulson

The potential impact of EPA's proposed rulemaking for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard mandate levels and an update on RIN stocks and takes a look at the pace of RIN generation so far in 2014.

A total of more than 2.7 billion D4 RINs were generated in 2013, providing more than enough for compliance with the 1.92 billion RIN gallon (1.28 billion volumetric gallons) mandate level.

Reduce Costs and Improve Productivity with Portable Feed Analysis

Reduce Costs and Improve Productivity with Portable Feed Analysis

October/November 2013 | Online Exclusive | William D. Grube

The feed manufacturing business has become increasingly challenging as manufacturers are squeezed between the volatility of the grain commodities market and the relative inflexibility of international food pricing. Feed manufacturers are under increased pressure to produce consistently high-quality feed at a cost that allows them to remain solvent in the face of increased ingredient prices. 

How to Decontaminate a Dry Grain Processing Facility
A row of chlorine dioxide gas cannisters line a dry grain facility in preparation for Salmonella spp. decontamination.

How to Decontaminate a Dry Grain Processing Facility

February/March 2014 | Feature | Paul Lorcheim

A 280,000-cubic-foot protein powder grinding, dry­ing and packaging facility had a Salmonella spp. con­tamination of some of the equipment. The facility was nearly impossible to decontaminate using conventional methods, not only because it was a large facility, but also because of its height. It was 90 feet tall with three floors in need of decontamination (the second through fourth floors).

USDA Estimates Reasonably Close to Expectations

USDA Estimates Reasonably Close to Expectations

| Online Exclusive | Darrel Good

March 1 stocks of corn were estimated at 7.006 billion bushels, about 100 million less than the average trade guess.  The stocks estimate implies that feed and residual use of corn in the domestic market during the first half of the current marketing year totaled 3.851 billion bushels.

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