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Competing Water Uses in the West

| Online Exclusive | Olivia Lucas

As water becomes scarcer, the ability of Western states’ water policies to accurately reflect public interest, or adapt to changing public interests, will be tested. The current demand for water to support the oil and gas boom provides an example of this challenge. 

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Case Study: Concrete Grain Silo Repair

June/July 2014 | Online Exclusive | By Timothy Gumina and Luis Estenssoro

In 2011, A co-op in Sidney, NE, discovered chunks of concrete within one bin of their eight-bin grain silo structure. Upon further investigation, they found a large crack and concrete spalls in the silo wall where the subject bin is connected to an adjacent bin.

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OEM Donations Drive KSU Feed Mill Forward

| Online Exclusive | Baldor Electric Company

Kansas State University Feed Science and Management program, includes a modern, automated 5-ton-per-hour production and teaching feed mill and a biosafety level 2 teaching and research feed mill. This 142-foot-tall, state-of-the-art facility opened in October 2013.

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

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. 

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.

UIUC Evaluates U.S. Corn Yields by Region

April/May 2014 | Online Exclusive | Gary Schnitkey

In 2013, counties in the eastern U.S. had corn yields above trend yields while the western corn-belt had below trend yields, resulting in a U.S. corn yield near trend.  An evaluation of county yields for years between 2004 through 2013 suggests that corn yields have to be above average across the vast majority of the corn-belt counties for the U.S. to have a corn yield significantly above trend.  Similarly, county yields in the majority of corn-belt counties have to be below average for...

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What to Expect From the March 1 Soybean Stocks Estimate

| Online Exclusive | Darrel Good

On March 31, the USDA will release an estimate of soybean stocks as of March 1.  Typically, the most interest in the quarterly stocks estimates is focused on corn because these reports reveal the apparent pace of feed and residual use during the previous quarter and that USE is a very large component of total corn consumption. 

Preventing PEDv: Take Another Look At Biosecurity And Nutrition

April/May 2014 | Online Exclusive |

PEDv, caused by a member of the family Coronaviridae, is a fast spreading virus, with a short incubation period (two to four days). It can affect pigs of all ages, but is strongest in sows, gilts, nursing and recently weaned pigs. PEDv is mainly transmitted via indirect or direct contact through fecal/oral means. It can also spread by fomites, aerosol emissions and most recently through transmission of feed ingredients.

Potential Growth in Corn Used for Ethanol Production

| Online Exclusive | Darrel Good

In addition to increased feed consumption of corn in the domestic and foreign markets, there are also indications that domestic corn consumption could be boosted by growing export demand for ethanol.  It is argued that the combination of generally high crude oil prices, and therefore high gasoline prices, in relation to ethanol prices will make ethanol an attractive source of octane around the world.  With corn prices at current levels, U.S. ethanol is very competitively priced in the...

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