08-10-2012 07:28 AM
Received this from a friend, Greg Akagi, journalist for WIBW, Topeka.
08-10-2012 07:31 AM - edited 08-10-2012 07:31 AM
Not the first and not the last to do this. However, there will be ethanol plants that continue to operate.
BTW, somebody is gonna have to do without corn.......this is a start.
08-10-2012 07:44 AM
Why anyone would open an ethanol plant in Kansas? Isn't Kansas wheat territory? In Ohio our Ethanol plant is running at full capacity, can't make enough and paying more for corn than anyone else. Kansas ethanol plant closing...no big surprise!
08-10-2012 08:18 AM
Believe it or not, we grow a lot of corn for a state known to grow wheat. Not like an "I" state, but acres and bushels are growing. This plant is located in the eastern part of the state where they generally raise a lot of corn. The drought decimated it early on. In fact, I'm a 100 miles west of them and my corn is making 30 to 50 bu./ac because we got a crucial rain during tasseling. Not a great crop either, but it is what it is. Generally, they would have no problem sourcing corn from Missouri, eastern Oklahoma and Arkansas, but these have no corn to sell at any price. A friend from St. Louis visited my farm three weeks ago and said the best corn between here and St. Louis was in our county. That is as bad as it gets.
08-10-2012 08:49 AM
From this plant south ---into oklahoma ---this is the second year of failure. Southern ks was nearly a 0 last year---
Problem is smokey, I haven't seen anything yet that says the pattern has changed. I was thinking the sw should have improved as the system moved into the corn belt. -------------Out here, we just had a repeat. We were a little more prepared for it. Skimpy winter moisture was timely, but------------we are still operating on 1/3 of normal moisture and above normal heat.-----dragging production down steadily.
08-10-2012 09:41 AM
Looks like this year we could easy see a difference of $1 or more between bids in different parts of the country. If margins are slim this means that the inefficient plants and plants that don't have an local supply of corn available will probably quit and the plants that aren't in this position will benefit. Looks to me like this is how you will efficiently ration this years corn supply.
08-10-2012 09:56 AM
08-10-2012 09:58 AM
Is that one of those plants that they make ethanol out of milo too? I've read some of the corn ethanol plants in that area can add a little bit different bacteria to their mash...and put milo in the same bin as corn. I sure would love to see how they do it..and if I could get the local ethanol plant to do the same for us here. I think we could plant wide row wheat and then interplant milo in the same field in the same year. Harvest 75 bushel wheat and 120 bushel milo in the same year?...Sounds like it's possible to me.
08-10-2012 09:58 AM