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ISSUE DATE: 09/09/2013

Ethanol plant sees promising future with corn crop estimates

By Jennifer M. Latzke

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its forecasts for overall corn production and national yield Aug. 12.

According to the agency, American farmers are expected to have a record-breaking harvest this year, at 13.8 billion bushels. While this forecast is down 187 million bushels from the July prediction, it would still exceed the 2009 crop of 13.09 billion bushels.

The projected yield was lowered to about 154 bushels per acre, but even if farmers reach this average it’s still the third highest national average corn yield on record.

And all of that corn has to go somewhere.

The forecast is coming at a good time for the folks at Pratt Energy, LLC, in Pratt, Kan. The ethanol plant, which was shuttered in 2009, is slated for reopening at the first part of September this year—just in time for the fall corn and sorghum harvests.

Scott Anderson, ethanol marketer for Pratt Energy, explained that the plant was built in 2008, and sat empty after the company went bankrupt in 2009. Then, in 2011 the Scoular Company bought the property from Gateway Plant, LLC. Scoular formed a joint venture with Calgren Renewable Fuels in 2012 and sold a portion of its ownership interest to Pratt Biofuel Investors, LLC earlier this year.


NEWS

Beartooth Electric sees risk and rate increases in bankruptcy reorganization
Extension program offered on preparing for disaster
Foodborne illness costly yet preventable
Health of immigrant farm workers examined
Kansas Ag Bankers presents 2013 Pioneer Award
Killing with lead ammunition
Latest round of TPP negotiations ongoing
National Farmers Organization supports Senate version of farm bill
RMA announces Prairie Pothole prevented planting rules
Senators seek clarification on EPA's SPCC intentions
Take care of dams to keep ponds full and healthy
Take care to keep mice outside home this winter
Temporary coating may help protect homes from wildfires
USDA climate report published, public invited to comment
Vilsack urges end to farm bill standstill

CROPS

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Agricultural producer appointed to FAPC's advisory board
Agriculture education is hands-on at Agriland during Kansas State Fair
AgriLife Research-led team to tackle mite-vectored disease management
Colorado State Fair comes to a close, sees increase in attendance
Conservation, infrastructure, regs drive discussion at Iowa Farm Bureau meeting
Designer sugarcane, not switchgrass, being retooled to produce biofuels
Economist: Consumption rationing not likely for corn, possible for soybeans
EPA announces July biodiesel production figures
Ethanol plant sees promising future with corn crop estimates
Flash drought hits northern Missouri
Follow tips for silage success
Foundation donates $100,000 to help protect students during severe weather
Gov. Brownback proclaims September as Farm Safety Month
Groups sponsor Kansas Soybean Yield and Quality Contest
Heart of America Farm Show set Sept. 20-22
Heavy dews, cool nights increase downy mildew in soybeans
Hybrid performance shown at Sorghum Field Days
Investing in stopping hunger, one acre at a time
Kansas crops making progress as harvest nears
KDA to host Kansas Grape Stomp at the Kansas State Fair
K-State Research and Extension events planned
K-State team takes step in managing wheat disease
K-State's Rogers honored for work in agricultural water resources management
Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award presented to Mike Healy
Late corn planting could lead to frost losses in some areas
Latest brown marmorated stink bug management practices featured in 'Focus on Soybean' webcast
Levee association testifies at small business hearing
MU developing sustainable seafood production
NACD supports bills to increase transparency in conservation litigation
Nebraska LEAD announces 2013-2015 class
New international agronomy lecture series brings global food security leader to K-State Sept. 11
North Central American Association of Agricultural Education holds research conference
Potato psyllid trapping, zebra chip management strategies compared in webcast
Record-breaking $17.3B in crop losses last year
Research: Grain sorghum lipids can lower cholesterol, intestinal inflammation
Rural school districts across America selected to receive grants
Soybean board introduces sustainability protocol at show
Sustaining the Plains
TEEMCO offers farm systems
UAV demonstration draws crowd at Graves-Chapple Field Day
UNL raising 'H2O IQ' at Husker Harvest Days
USDA appoints Oklahomans to National Peanut Board
Variety in seed size may affect fall planting rates
Watch for stem and root rots in soybean fields
Wheat research indicates rise in mean temperature would cut yields
White Star Machinery offers Bobcat's largest loaders

LIVESTOCK

4-H Dairy Judging Contest held at Missouri State Fair
AgriLife forage expert: Don't chase the moisture with stocking rates
American Sheep Industry Association board approves budget
Angus cattle performance showcased
ASI queries wool industry on quality program
Baca County youth exhibits overall reserve grand champion
Be proactive with marketing strategy
Beef and forage tour at Southwest Research Center well attended
Beef cattle production expected to increase over next 5 years
Brangus operations join forces to form partnership
Bull selection workshop scheduled Sept. 27
Bull, heifer reservations due for ICA evaluation program
Cattle operation benefits from initiative for underserved farmers
Cattle stolen from Kismet backgrounding yard
Class 21 of Cattlemen's Leadership Academy meets
Cunningham Field Day highlights cattle industry's role in farm bill
Feeding forum preps for change
Follow best practices when handling vaccines
How fast can the beef cow herd be rebuilt?
Leading ag groups push for veto override of S.B. 9
Livestock water and fencing workshop set for Sept. 10
Making a 'premium' calf
Markets spur retained ownership of calves
Missouri CattleWomen offers $1,750 in scholarships
Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance Awards announced
Pregnancy check cows now to avoid waste later
Preventing respiratory acidosis in newborn calves
Producers invited to 2013 ISU Beef Nutrition Research Showcase
Rawhide Portable Corral features Rawhide Processor
Reward offered for information on cattle stolen in Finney County
Show-Me-Select sale set Dec. 21 at Green City, Mo.
SI Precast pasture bunks ideal for cow-calf operations
Texas Longhorn Celebrity Calendar available
UNL Beef Feedlot School planned for Mitchell, Mead
USDA makes lamb purchase
USDA study shows benefits of weaning calves early

EDITOR

Busiest steakhouse in Missouri
Continuing the fight against childhood obesity
Expectations of no extension
The wake-up call

COLUMNS

Company adds reclamation solution
DuPont and National Corn Growers launch leadership program
Farm income still on the upswing
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Optimist or idiot?
Put the time in where it counts
Safeway Rancher's Reserve beef donates mobile grilling trailer to All American Beef Battalion
The Irish drive on

MARKETS

Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Conditions advance crop development kansas
Corn harvest underway arkansas
Crop conditions decline missouri
Dalhart livestock auction sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Georgia livestock auction report
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Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news report
Hot, dry weather persists south dakota
Lexington livestock auction report
McAlester livestock market report
Most hay selling steady
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock sale summary
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Some areas receive significant rainfall texas
Springfield livestock auction summary
State sees very little precipitation wyoming
Temps well above normal stress crops nebraska
Topsoil moisture lacking new mexico
Warm, dry weather continues oklahoma
West Plains regional cattle market report

RANGE

Bermudagrass stem maggot found in Arkansas
Farmers and ranchers cut back on hay costs during winter feeding
Get 10% increase in yield on irrigated corn, clover in pastures and hay yields with Sea Minerals
MU specialist: Dry weather should not stop seeding of pasture grasses
Tour to focus on short grass prairie grazing research for cattle producers

FAMILY

A+ lunches
AgriLife Extension names new 4-H specialist in Panhandle district
Colorado residents need to be 'bear aware' this fall
Dayspring has a classic look
GardenFest slated Sept. 21 at OSU's Botanic Garden
High tunnels can expand growing season for fruit farmers
Kansas Governor's Ringneck Classic solicits youth to participate in 2013 hunt
Meditation
Mementos not to bring back from vacation
Texas A&M institute to engage private landowners in national program
Use wood chip mulch for trees
Wild hogs threaten America's food source

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