A-Maizing DDGS at #ExEx16

Lizzy Schultz

Research continues to show the value of dried distillers grains (DDGS) as a high quality animal feed, and the need to increase global demand for DDGS was a hot topic of discussion at this year’s Export Exchange. Dr. Jerry Shurston, professor at the University of Minnesota and Consultant for the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), gave a presentation during this year’s …

Ag Group, Audio, corn, distillers grains, ethanol, Export, Export, Feed

Mycotoxin Forecast from Alltech

Jamie Johansen

Dr. Max Hawkins, Alltech nutritionist, is the one behind the scenes making sense of all the numbers and values collected from samples and creating the mycotoxin risk assessments. These assessments are sent out to the Alltech sales force and customer ensuring they get the most information back from a sample as possible. The World Dairy Expo was a perfect venue …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Audio, corn, Forage, Harvest, Nutrition, World Dairy Expo

USDA-GIPSA Issues Approval for 3 Minute Aflatoxin Test

Jamie Johansen

USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has officially approved Charm Sciences, Inc.’s ROSA® WET®-S3 Aflatoxin Quantitative Test (AFQ-WETS3) for testing of aflatoxin in the U.S. national grain inspection system. An official Certificate of Conformance from USDA/GIPSA declares that the test kit meets the accuracy specifications for 5 to 300 ppb aflatoxin in corn. The Charm ROSA AFQ-WETS3 test …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, corn, Feed, Nutrition, usda

Cattle Producer Talks DDGs at #ACE2016

Lizzy Schultz

The growth of the ethanol industry and the use of dried distillers grains (DDGs), a co-product of ethanol production, as livestock feed have both harnessed significant controversy and skepticism from livestock producers through the years, and the use of distillers grains as livestock feed was a major topic of discussion at this year’s American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Conference, held …

Audio, Cattle, corn, ethanol, Feed, Nutrition

Red Meat Exports Deliver Returns to U.S. Corn Producers

Lizzy Schultz

On this weeks audio report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), Dave Juday, World Perspectives senior analyst, discusses a commissioned study aimed at quantifying the value delivered to U.S. corn producers through exports of beef, pork and lamb. The independent study was conducted by World Perspectives, a leading agricultural consulting firm, and key findings were unveiled at the USMEF …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, corn, Export, Export, International, Meat, Pork, Trade, USMEF

NCC Voices Concern Over 2017 RFS Proposal

Lizzy Schultz

The National Chicken Council (NCC) expressed concern following The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release earlier this week of the proposed 2017 biofuel required volume obligation (RVO) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), which will require refiners to blend up to 18.8 billion gallons of biofuels into the U.S. fuel supply next year. The mandate for conventional corn-based ethanol was proposed …

Ag Group, corn, energy, EPA, ethanol, National Chicken Council

New Silage Additive Helps Minimize Nutrient Loss

Lizzy Schultz

BioZyme® Inc. recently announced the development of AmaSile, a natural silage additive that is helping to stabilize the fermentation process, reduce the time required by silage to properly ferment, minimize nutrient loss, and reduce spoilage by undesirable bacteria. “AmaSile works to stimulate the growth and development of beneficial microorganisms that speed up and stabilize the fermentation process,” said Dorothy Orts, …

Ag Group, BioZyme, corn, Feed, Nutrition, Research, Silage

Low Corn Prices Offer Benefits for Dairymen

Lizzy Schultz

While the decreasing price of corn has sparked concern throughout the agriculture industry, the resulting low feed prices do offer several benefits to livestock producers and the dairy industry. Low feed prices can help to soften the blow from the continued decrease in global price and demand for milk. Many factors seem to demonstrate that the new long-term “normal” for …

Ag Group, corn, economics, ethanol, Markets, Price

USDA Predicts Big Corn and Soybean Crops

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA is forecasting the third largest corn crop on record and the second largest soybean crop in a new planted acreage update released Wednesday. U.S. growers are forecast to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, according to the report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). That is actually a four percent decrease from last year’s production, but …

Audio, corn, Feed, soybeans, usda

West Central Puts Farmers First

Joanna Schroeder

West Central, based in Ralston, Iowa, is located in a agricultural sweet spot with great harvests for both corn and soybeans. So much in fact, West Central announced a $27 million production, storage and receiving expansion scheduled for completion by the 2016 harvest. Roger Fray, executive vice president for the grain side of West Central, spoke to Animal AgWired about …

Agribusiness, Audio, corn, Dairy, soybeans