corn http://wuis.org en Is Corn Dust Killing Bees? http://wuis.org/post/corn-dust-killing-bees <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p></p><p>Nathan Anderson stops his red pick-up truck alongside a cornfield on his farm near Cherokee, Iowa. The young farmer pulls on a heavy brown hoodie, thick, long, sturdy gloves and a beekeeper’s hat with a screened veil. He approaches a pair of hives sitting on the edge of a field recently planted with corn and adjusts a yellow plastic flap that traps some of the pollen the bees bring back to their hive.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:07:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 26033 at http://wuis.org Is Corn Dust Killing Bees? Harsh Winter Freezing Out Some Crop-Devouring Pests http://wuis.org/post/harsh-winter-freezing-out-some-crop-devouring-pests <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite what they may be thinking now, Midwest grain farmers and backyard gardeners alike may be thankful for the recent arctic temperatures before 2014 is out.</span></p><p>That’s because soil that’s frozen solid from weeks of below average temperatures isn’t exactly a cozy spot for hibernating insects that <a href="http://www.insectforecast.com/">feed on crops</a> as soon as the spring thaw comes.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:41:32 +0000 Peter Gray 18833 at http://wuis.org Harsh Winter Freezing Out Some Crop-Devouring Pests Harvest Desk: Ethanol At A Crossroads http://wuis.org/post/harvest-desk-ethanol-crossroads <p>A steady stream of semi-trailers rolls across the scales at the E Energy ethanol plant near the town of Adams in southeast Nebraska. The smokestack behind the scale house sends up a tall plume of white steam. The sweet smell of fermenting corn is in the air.</p><p>E Energy buys 65 million bushels of corn each day from area farmers and turns it into 65 million gallons of ethanol each year.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:40:31 +0000 Grant Gerlock 17383 at http://wuis.org Harvest Desk: Ethanol At A Crossroads Planting Less Corn In 2014 http://wuis.org/post/planting-less-corn-2014 <p>Falling corn prices and questions about ethanol demand could lead Illinois farmers to plant fewer acres of corn this year. &nbsp;</p><p>Patrick Kirchhofer is manager of the Peoria County Farm Bureau. He tells the (Peoria) Journal Star that farmers are instead taking a closer look at soybeans this year. That's after several years of increasing corn production fueled by higher prices. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:27:12 +0000 Associated Press 16702 at http://wuis.org Planting Less Corn In 2014 Illinois Led Nation In Soybean Yields In 2013 http://wuis.org/post/illinois-led-nation-soybean-yields-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. farmers harvested more corn in 2013 than in 2012, while the soybean harvest declined slightly, according to USDA reports released Friday.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:05:53 +0000 Peter Gray & Jeremy Bernfeld 16700 at http://wuis.org Illinois Led Nation In Soybean Yields In 2013 Expected Bumper Crop Has Corn Prices Dropping http://wuis.org/post/expected-bumper-crop-has-corn-prices-dropping <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>On a clear fall day in central Iowa, Aaron Lehman climbed into the cab of his green combine with a screwdriver to do some maintenance. He was hoping his corn had a couple more weeks to grow before harvesting because the price per bushel this fall is much lower than it has been for the past three years.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:41:41 +0000 Amy Mayer 11537 at http://wuis.org Expected Bumper Crop Has Corn Prices Dropping U.S. Corn Exports On The Rebound http://wuis.org/post/us-corn-exports-rebound <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Last summer’s drought knocked the nation’s corn exports to the mat.&nbsp; And while U.S. farmers may be getting up from that punch, it may take them longer to regain their footing in international markets. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:50:00 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 8720 at http://wuis.org U.S. Corn Exports On The Rebound WUIS/SJ-R Business Report: August 27, 2013 http://wuis.org/post/wuissj-r-business-report-august-27-2013 <p></p><p>The State Journal-Register's Business Editor Tim Landis joins us to talk about the possibility of faster freight trains along Springfield's Third Street corridor and an upcoming corn crop survey in Sangamon County:</p><p></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 19:51:51 +0000 Sean Crawford 7939 at http://wuis.org WUIS/SJ-R Business Report: August 27, 2013 Corn Crop On Target Despite Wet Spring http://wuis.org/post/corn-crop-target-despite-wet-spring <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers will come through with the predicted corn crop despite the Midwest's wet spring that delayed planting. &nbsp;<br>Some states _ including Michigan, Nebraska and Texas _ planted more corn than expected, which will make up for the loss in Iowa, the nation's leading corn producer. &nbsp;<br>Friday's annual acreage report is based on farmer surveys, and surprised farmers, analysts and commodities traders. Many expected the number of corn acres planted to fall by about 2 million acres. &nbsp; Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:14:08 +0000 Sean Crawford 4980 at http://wuis.org Corn Crop On Target Despite Wet Spring