Ethanol from What Corn?

Ethanol plants are shutting down; a corn crop disaster is imminent.

Al Gore’s Nobel prize plan to burn food is letting us down. The alternative source of energy is once again proven to be a bad alternative. Got any more good ideas, Al?

“This year it has been cold and wet since April. So the plants that are flooded are dead or under stress, and the plants not flooded are under stress as well, because they are so behind in development.”

We need more American oil coming to market.

INTERVIEW-Flooded Iowa crops face heavy yield losses 13 Jun 2008 22:12:31 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Julie Ingwersen

CHICAGO, June 13 (Reuters) – About one-quarter of Iowa’s soybean acres and at least 8 percent of the state’s corn either have not been seeded or will need replanting due to flooding, an Iowa State University agronomist said in an interview on Friday.

Planting at this late date, farmers can expect significant yield losses, ISU extension agronomist Palle Pedersen said. And with many areas still under water, farmers are unlikely to be able to get in their fields for several more days.

“Nobody is going to be able to plant this weekend because it is so wet here. It is going to be next week” at the earliest, he said.

Farmers planting soybeans in mid-June can expect only about 60 percent of optimal yield. By waiting until early July, yield potential drops to 33 to 50 percent.

For corn, Pedersen said, “Right now, planting in middle of June, it’s 70 percent of your yield potential. In early July, it will be 50 percent.”

“So we are not going to beat our record in Iowa this year,” Pedersen said.

Iowa grows more corn than any other U.S. state and is typically the largest or second-largest soybean producer. Last year, Iowa farmers grew 2.368 billion bushels of corn — nearly one-fifth of the U.S. crop — and 439 million bushels of soybeans.

This year, Iowa farmers expected to plant 13.2 million acres of corn and 9.8 million acres of soybeans, according to a March forecast from the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Using Pedersen’s figures, some 2.4 million acres of the state’s intended soybeans and 1 million acres of soybeans could face yield losses of 50 percent.

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey toured farm fields in the Creston, Iowa, area on Friday. More than 10 inches (25 cm) of rain has fallen in the city of Creston so far this month.

“We have a lot of fields yet in this state that are not planted,” Northey told reporters.

“We have about 2 percent of the corn — which doesn’t sound like a lot, but in Iowa that still mounts up — that have not been planted; about 14 percent of the soybeans that have not been planted,” Northey said.

In addition, he said: “About 7 percent of the corn, 6 percent of the soybeans have been drowned out.”


Grain experts have been drawing comparisons between current conditions and the flood of 1993, when the Mississippi River flooded its banks in the heart of the U.S. Corn Belt, resulting in the smallest U.S. corn crop in almost 20 years.

In that year, the heaviest rains came in June and July, after the corn and soy crops had a chance to get established.

The 2008 crops may be worse off, Pedersen said, because a cool, wet spring slowed or prevented early growth.

“This year it has been cold and wet since April. So the plants that are flooded are dead or under stress, and the plants not flooded are under stress as well, because they are so behind in development.”

“These numbers you see (for late-planted yield reductions) are under perfect conditions, and we are not dealing with that now.” (Reporting by Christine Stebbins, writing by Julie Ingwersen; Editing by Marguerita Choy)


Investigate US Congress

The US Congress throttles oil supply with whimsical prohibitions; and sputters about “global warming.”

Oil demand in China, India, and ROW grows much faster than oil demand in the United States.

US “Big Oil” does not increase demand in China; nor does it throttle supply in the United States.

There is one, exactly one, guilty party: The United States Congress.

Taxpayers should demand information from the US Congress on why it prohibits oil production here.

Why does the US Congress prohibit new nuclear power generation here, when it is commonplace in the ROW?

Is the US Congress enriching itself by selling useless carbon credits; while paralyzing the economy of the United States?

These people, the US Congress, point their fingers at “speculators” or “big oil.”

Drill here, drill now, pay less. Supply, demand, and the US Congress set oil and gasoline prices.

Don’t believe that speculators, or “big oil,” determines supply and demand.

The US Congress has decided there will be no supply. Speculators know it; you should too.

Church of the Environment Unconcerned About Corn

We may have a serious problem. Kansas farmers are now trying to figure out how to grow cool-climate corn; but they are receiving little help. We don’t have to speculate that other states are also experiencing problems like “cold-weather crown stress.” See: Downtown Farmers Market draws 10,000. In Iowa “Menzel said Salt Fork Farms also felt the effect of the cold, wet weather — some of his crops failed and others were growing slowly.” Our “progressive” government’s concern is to prevent the problem we do not have: global warming caused by excess carbon dioxide. They are not concerned with trivialities like corn and vegetables, in spite of the cacophony of warning signals. In spite of the food riots, the grain shortages with explosive price increases, our government at the behest of unconscious charlatans devotes its study to massive wealth redistribution schemes (Krauthammer: Carbon Chastity The First Commandment of the Church of the Environment) aimed at a specter. Corn was already expensive; what is the jeopardy to this years crop? Next years? Our government does not care. It has another agenda entirely. It is off in a make-believe world of Global Warming, as Earth gets cold.

Far from an isolated instance, crop difficulties can be expected broadly across North America and elsewhere in the world, where it is now cold, and perhaps getting colder.

H/T: Tom Nelson

K-State Ag Today: Cold-weather crown stress
In many places, the corn growing season got off to a cool, damp start. Those conditions may have given rise to what’s known as cold-weather crown stress.

K-State Research and Extension row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine says affected plants often show unusual nutrient symptoms, such as being pot ash, phosphorous, or nitrogen deficient. He says they’ll have an off-yellow color and typically be stunted.

At this point, there’s nothing a producer can do to counter cold-weather crown stress. In terms of eventual yields, Jardine says drought stress in August would have a greater impact than a cool summer with timely rains.

The K-State Soil Testing Lab has updated its Web site to guide different customers, such as farmers, agronomists, homeowners and researchers, to their specific needs. Each customer now has a different pathway to submit a soil test or leaf analysis.

The site also has general information related to soil fertility and nutrient management. A publications section has also been added to help answer questions about fertilizer recommendations and applications, nutrient deficiency symptoms, and nutrient management. The easiest way to get to the Web site is through the Agronomy home page.