Ethanol remains 'bright spot' in global economy

Global Ethanol production is expected to rise in 2012 by 1% to 22.5 billion gallons, according to a new report from the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA).

Global annual production has now surpassed 536 million barrels of ethanol per year, the GRFA said in a statement.


Is early corn planting worth the risk?

Farmers who were able to plant corn early this spring could see a big benefit come pollination time, according to a new report released this week by The Climate Corporation. But the advantages of early planting are likely to be sharply divided between the eastern and western Corn Belt. And in large parts of the region, planting super early may not be worth the risk.


Blue-ribbon hay

A veteran hay contest judge gives tips on what to look for in a winning package.


Team declares success with leafy spurge control

A group of researchers and land managers who created a team effort to control leafy spurge in the U.S. have claimed a victory in controlling a species that had been regarded as "the most feared land invader in the West."


Rice growers address arsenic concerns

The California Rice Commission (CRC) and individual growers are addressing recent reports of arsenic being found in rice. The naturally occurring trace element is found throughout  the world and people are exposed to it every day, the CRC report said.

"Many plants, including rice, take up this element as part of the growing process," the report stated.


Wind energy powers ahead in 2012

Wind energy development is on the rise in the U.S. again, after tough times in 2010, according to a new report by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

The U.S. saw a 31 percent increase in production last year over 2010, the GWEC report said. The biggest gains came in California and Illinois. Texas, Iowa, and Calfornia lead the nation in wind power, with Illinois moving into the fourth spot last year. Ohio was the fastest growing wind power state last year.