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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 06:47 PM

Drought's toll hits Nebraska ethanol producers hard

Source: Omaha World Herald-AP

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The persistent drought is taking a toll on producers of ethanol, with corn becoming so scarce that nearly two dozen ethanol plants have been forced to halt production.

The Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol industry trade group, provided data showing that 20 of the nation's 211 ethanol plants had ceased production over the past year, including five in January. Most remain open, with workers spending time performing maintenance-type tasks. But ethanol production won't likely resume until after 2013 corn is harvested in late August or September.

Industry experts don't expect a shortage — millions of barrels are stockpiled and the remaining 191 plants are still producing. Still, there is growing concern about what happens if the drought lingers through another corn-growing season.

“There's a lot of anxiety in the industry right now about the drought and a lot of folks watching the weather and hoping and praying this drought is going to break,” said Geoff Cooper, vice president for research and analysis for the Renewable Fuels Association. “If we get back to a normal pattern and normal corn crop, then I think the industry is in good shape.

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Reply Drought's toll hits Nebraska ethanol producers hard (Original post)
Omaha Steve Feb 2013 OP
triplepoint Feb 2013 #1
Sherman A1 Feb 2013 #2
another_liberal Feb 2013 #3
Indyfan53 Feb 2013 #5
another_liberal Feb 2013 #6
Indyfan53 Mar 2013 #11
Indyfan53 Feb 2013 #4
Nihil Feb 2013 #7
Sunlei Feb 2013 #8
Indyfan53 Feb 2013 #9
sakabatou Mar 2013 #12
Indyfan53 Mar 2013 #13
sendero Feb 2013 #10

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 06:58 PM

1. Wasting Water on Ethanol-Another Gubmint Welfare Loser Idea

 

and now Gawd is telling those involved in it to stop wasting what little water there is on such a foolish fuel. Why set the house on fire just to get warm, eh? And no, I don't care if Willie Nelson and Boeing are both fully engaged in promoting biofuels.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:20 PM

2. K&R

Thanks for posting.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:23 PM

3. Ethanol is a big hustle . . .

Ethanol is a big hustle. It doesn't save fossil fuel energy, and using it in gasoline simply drives up the cost of food Worldwide. Let the industry try to stand on its own. Remove federal price supports and mandates for its use as a fuel additive. Current policies are only benefiting those who have invested in the production plants.

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:29 PM

5. The Federal Tax Credit for corn ethanol has expired.

Perhaps we could move to hemp-based fuels?

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Response to Indyfan53 (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:31 AM

6. Good, I'm glad it has!

We need food grains for food, not fuel for our SUVs. It's not like there's an over-abundance of corn World-wide.

As to hemp: Americans in the tens of millions already use it to fill-up and top off their tanks (if you get my meaning).

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 06:21 PM

11. Ba-zing!

I can't wait until they make more of it out of hemp and yard waste.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:27 PM

4. I support biofuels, but corn should have been just a stepping stone.

We need to move to more sustainable feedstock for biofuels. Utilizing cellulose is cheaper, uses less water, and is more readily available. Ethanol from sugarcane and sugar beets is more efficient than corn. We should follow Brazil's model. They started using ethanol since the the oil crunch in the 70's and they have been better off.

A company called Coskata figured out a way to make ethanol from trash. They say it costs less than $1 to produce one gallon of their cellulose ethanol. That's what we need to be utilizing more. Sure, they are trying to maximize the efficiency of corn ethanol, but we can do much better.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 09:02 AM

7. Good.

Using a food crop to fuel your vehicle is obscenely wasteful.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 09:09 AM

8. Drought zones probably should rethink what crops they can grow without rain (if any)

can they switch to another crop that needs less water like soybeans?

"Industry experts don't expect a shortage — millions of barrels are stockpiled and the remaining 191 plants are still producing."

good they don't have a shortage, let's hope for a lot of winter blizzards to bring in plenty of frozen water.

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:50 PM

9. Hemp would be better.

It doesn't require much care as many other crops do. Not much need for fertilizer.

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Response to Indyfan53 (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 06:26 PM

12. I heard switchgrass was good too if it could be broken down.

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #12)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 06:28 PM

13. Yes it can!

A very good feedstock.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:54 PM

10. Ethanol...

... is a gigantic scam and anything that hurts the industry is just all right with me.

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