The Throughput Blog

August 13, 2012

DOE does YouTube

BY Susanne Retka SchillThere’s a great video done from the DOE that talks about homegrown biofuels, albeit mostly advanced biofuels, though corn ethanol plants are shown, I suspect as evidence that this is real at commercial scale. READ MORE

August 06, 2012

Dry expectations

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe drumbeat to modify the RFS continues and ethanol haters are jumping on the bandwagon. All this talk of waiving ethanol blending requirements because ethanol uses too much corn is having the market effect of driving the price of corn down. READ MORE

July 30, 2012

Natural gas opportunities

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe boom in natural gas production has some interesting ethanol industry angles, besides record low prices for the major energy source for ethanol producers. READ MORE

July 23, 2012

Drought hardiness

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe drought is worrying, and bringing with a classic weather market response resulting in record corn prices. USDA dropped its yield forecast by 20 bushels per acre in the last monthly supply/demand report. READ MORE

July 16, 2012

Top mileage on ethanol

BY Susanne Retka SchillHere’s a winner for you. How about 6,800 mpg on ethanol? No fooling. Don’t ask me how they measured it, or what the design was, but a team of students from Thailand achieved the highest mileage of all entries at Shell Eco-marathon Asia on July 7. READ MORE

July 09, 2012

150 year anniversary for U.S. ag

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe USDA, the Homestead Act and the land grant college system are marking their 150th anniversary this year. Abraham Lincoln may be best known for the emancipation proclamation, but he signed the acts that created these three important institutions. READ MORE

July 02, 2012

Celebrating farm life

BY Susanne Retka SchillThree Kansas brothers are enjoying a moment of fame while promoting agriculture. They posted a video parody, “I’m Farming and I Grow It” a week ago, and it’s become an internet hit with over 2.6 million views. READ MORE

June 25, 2012

Rocks and blue ocean strategies for ethanol

BY Susanne Retka SchillMike Bryan raised the question in a column of his a few months ago: is there a blue ocean strategy out there for the ethanol industry? I’ve pondered the question since. READ MORE

June 18, 2012

Following the markets

BY Susanne Retka SchillI would guess the markets are actually quite extraordinary right now on several fronts, or so it seems to an amateur watcher. READ MORE

June 11, 2012

FEW notes from Minneapolis

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe weather was perfect at the FEW in Minneapolis. As always, there was much food for thought. A few observations and notes from the conference: READ MORE

June 04, 2012

An ethanol history lesson

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe Ethanol 101 seminar on the Monday before the FEW attracted 100-some people. The majority attending have less than three years in the industry -- the primary intended audience for this primer on ethanol. READ MORE

May 25, 2012

FEW around the corner

BY Susanne Retka SchillFully 87 percent of the nation’s ethanol producing capacity is going to be in attendance at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Minneapolis next week, up 15 percent from last year. READ MORE

May 21, 2012

Dangers of Spin

BY Susanne Retka SchillIt seems like every advocacy group is dedicated to sending out multiple news releases and commissioning reports to put a favorable spin on information backing its positions. Their credibility can be fatally affected if they go too far. READ MORE

May 14, 2012

Projections of a big new crop of corn

BY Susanne Retka SchillIt shouldn’t be a surprise, but the USDA’s monthly supply/demand report projects a big crop for the 2012-’13 marketing year that starts once the new crop is harvested in the fall. READ MORE

May 07, 2012

Hammering the RFS point

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe effort continues to keep some advanced biofuels incentives in place and to protect the renewable fuels standard. Last week, BP Biofuels, Novozymes and DuPont executives held a joint news conference to keep hammering their point. READ MORE