Tag Archives | crops

Will water be the limiting factor in biofuel production?

I have blogged in the past about the relationship between water and biofuels. There can’t be conventional grain-based biofuels without water. But there was an interesting post on EurActive a little earlier today in response to the annual Davos meeting. This year it produced a  Water Initiative. Buried deep (page 22),the Davos report it suggests […]

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The good, the bad, the ugly 2008/2009

The best piece of work on Biofuels 2008? For me that was the The Gallagher Review of the indirect effects of biofuels production. If you’re a serious player in this market, you should read that report. Worst technology to make biofuels: Fermentation from corn. It reduces the size of the corn crop, creates carbon dioxide […]

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Biofuels: is the cure worse than the disease?

Biofuels: is the cure worse than the disease? That is the question posed by Ron Steenblick, and Richard Doornbosch in a recent online publication.

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Webinar on US grain outlook

Part of CBOT is offering a free webinar on the outlook for the US grain harvest this year today at 2-3pm central US time. That’s two days before the US Department of Agriculture is due to release  USDA Crop Production and Supply and Demand report on October 10th.

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US on track to deliver second biggest ever corn crop

The US is on track to deliver the country’s second biggest ever corn crop, according to numbers from the US department of agriculture and reported on ICIS news.(Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS)My pal William Lemos’ report says: The USDA said in its monthly report itexpects 12.07bn bushels of corn in the 2008/09 crop […]

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A biofuels polemic from Huffington Post

If you are interested in the environmental impact of biofuels in the US check this polemic on the Huffington Post. Makes some good points about the end to end efficiency of biofuels in the automotive sector. You can’t comment on it there, so perhaps you’d like to do so here.

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World Bank blames biofuels for rising food prices

The World Bank’s Development Prospects Group blames biofuels for rising food prices. For me the key passages in the 21page pdf are these. The United States is the largest producer of ethanol from maize and is expected to useabout 81 million tons for ethanol in the 2007/08 crop year. Canada, China and theEuropean Union used […]

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Louisana signs advanced biofuels law into being

Lousiana has signed the HB1270 Advanced Biofuel Industry Development Initiative into law. It features the use of  hydrous and anhydrous ethanol as a fuel blend stock that will be derived from plants grown in Lousiana (but not corn) and capable of producing 600gal/acre, with only one-third nitrogen input of con and half the water of […]

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The high cost of corn in the US is choking off demand from ethanol producers

The high cost of corn in the US is choking off demand from ethanol producers, according to a report in the Des Moines Register. The report goes on to add that around 1.6bn bushels of corn will be left from last year’s harvest compared to earlier forecasts of 1.4bn bushels. 

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Biofuels drive up food prices: Bodman and Scafer

There’s been a  definitive piece of work on biofuels and food prices presented to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on 11 June chaired by Jeff Bingaman. Two secretaries of state Samuel W. Bodman (energy) and Edward T. Schafer (agriculture) respond to a series of questions from the committee: We would again caution, […]

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