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Thursday, February 21, 2002 THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS 5C: II dv00heckoff-funded research Ethanol marketing World Production In Million Bushels 2000 n gr committee works Source: USDA, Fore,gn Agricultural Service, NCGA.World of Corn % ads to new uses for corn for corn farmers " ' . . . .. - In jus, two t,0 ot00ano, ll0000llb ! ii!!i!i:!i ihiieeswWe aPehrr,!i industry in Nebraska has become the Torn, - 23.007 second largest customer for the state' s a torUlg'll sA new polylactlc a ,d has enhances com as a product en- 200 million bushels of corn each year 1 EnUnion 7%-1,531 Y , ) pl:oduction facility in Blair, hancestheabilit ofallofusinagri'cul- " Y  tion facilities. Nationally, the ethanol lzati;t'A)theequivalentof41,000bush- ture to be successful." in Nebraska sseven ethanol produc- I [ i  r'--'Brazi16%-h'J6 .[com each day. PLA is used to industry continues to grow as well and  I / pl ..J .. M,co 3%. 728 3lO$l=..biodegradable plastics which are offers great promise to American agri- r--'[ It n the manufacture of cloming, culture-and to America's energy secu-  -, ,mtir 3%- 590 eat ]rd utensils, and other products. llllll rity. [ a ding v. is high interest in renewable  " Because of the importance of the  D  Ind,a 2% *72 sfor ,t'als in Japan and it is expected ,m'w.Jl k ethanol industry, the National Corn KS/this eouniry will be one of he /" g Growers Association (NCGA) has ,  customers for PLA.  way formed an Ethanol Marketing Com- 8 p checkoff dollars in Nebraska / .. r- 4 t' mittee to specifically address issues, Corn is grown in more countries than any other crop and is a major source inrMtdearly research that helped pave, r You can use I"- | U opportunities and challenges, of food for both humans and animals. While the United States produces go"ad.ay for the Blair lacility. This I' Unleaded in ALL Boyd Smith, York, a farmer-direc- in seVt=__, research helped answer me  .............. torontheNebraskaCornBoard,chairs and exports more corn than any other country in the world, international nude if' questions that have trans- vehicles oroduced by: ;dc. ,. lnto a huge market for Nebraska - - mittee.the NCGA Ethanol Marketing Corn- andmarketshybridhaveadvances.grwn increasingly competitive with the sharing of technology t 3;/'raJarrners" - Audi Land Rover According to Smith, the committee ,,d=,.elR!teSearch to discover new uses toy -,v,. i areas-legislation and market develop- ,t -= --ult ="" still* t iia primary objective of he Ne- Acura Lexus has outlined goals in two primary ;r sevO.r,, corn checkoff--and it has helped ment..,k i!- ii IL eck.O.IL IS Karl tt0 greater use of corn in ethanol BMW Lincoln "One of our primary goals on the -red!lCtion, plastics and other new . , legislative side is to include a renew- Bu,ck Mazaa able fuel provision in a federal energy Important to Nebraska ;StJ-tor Nebraska' s ever growing ptof0 est. Cadillac Mercedes-Benz bill," he said. "We also want to see a .. acrvearch and new uses require a valued-added component in the next By- uyi-" rrederiek The growing season in Brazil is alar vrship between corn" producers Chevrolet Mercury farm bill that would encourage farmer "llhlle 1Pulley neeiali SUCh that late January is comparable to :nt of ,.ribusiness. Checkoff-fundedre- . . investment in ethanol production." t Deoa-tmento( ,grie-uiiural late July in the United States. In short, novedflJh often proves the potential of a Chrysler Mtsubsh Otherlegislativeobjectivesincludethat P .... :.. it s a critical time for the crop So far, -cent. 9 e for corn--and agribusiness Dodoe Nissan phase-out ofMTBE, a major competi- Ecv, ........ ..,..altv ,,I, Nebraska-Lincoln temperature and mosture condmons ., wid,ln with their marketing and re-  toy to ethanol in the oxygenated fuels w..',r],l"..wlle..arkets matter, across Bril's soybe, anbeitha'ebeen ed up.. and development resources to Eagle Oldsmobile market. "The groundwater problems N/ohr*:ka farmrg ha at least average With record planted ['he KS=.t to the next level. . . Ford Plymouth inherent with MTBE,appear to be ac ..................... ve heard that . repeatedly since the early 1970s, when acreage, the potentml .for a.lar, ge crop .emaimug Robinson, senior wce presl- celerating this effort, Smith said. - .... ' ........... bi- remains lne crop wm negro oemg .cBenak,.tJ e C RObsmsOhn/CqludirensHoah GMC PPh: The group is also working to foster memen ovmtumonoecame n g ..... " ..... s a buyer of wheat and other commodi- urn=mole [or expo10y !ate MarCh;. and promoting the environmental ben- - - record hi-h soon prayer m worm soybean markets |ms mnt'ent and an eye to the t fuurle Honda legislation that is favorable to ethanol ties Real (inflation-adjusted)farm in- . ,,rg.enuna also .has Iecome aD.g come spurt to a g ..... .reno-'',.' arch is a critical pa t ....... efits of ethanol use ...................... year sweamerinArgentinasmoreot u-iety;,,, for corn, but it's',s long term Hyundm tots toyee On the market development side of merearter.mrarmcountry,we.,,, __ _ ,.__:__w"r 'a concern man .......... m larazn ut me real mucrt or me past v years nopmg =u ..... .... :enroll( IRobinson added. Wehave to Infiniti Saab the equation, Smith said the eommittee annthr axnort nrve t a Idbrimz story mere ,s me unravetmg ot the wernt when we startaprojecttosee has four primary goals: tripling the ............ ,- ..... ,,_ _h._t wou  . ..... economy. The devaluation of the Ar- :th ce.UUgh, but the Cargill PLA plant in Isuzu Saturn corn grind in the ethanol industry, en- eauany gone resuas ........ - -'- continuin lookout for im gentme peso coum cut etner el two tne g - v e. 'ls one example of how research . " " ru couragingcom producerinvestment in proved export prospects was never ways; In general, a currency de alua- es pl#illions and millions of bushels Jaguar uDa ethanol production facilities, strength- more apparent than in the latest reports tion neips, exports D.ecause t makes td Ja ening the leadership of NCGA in the , usage and a new high profile oo, q-uki proaucts cneaper toy mporters now had 21] tfor the Nebraska corn produc- "v --- ethanol effort, and unifying the vari- from the U.S. Department of Agricul- " e v# e Kin Toyota ous groups that work to promote the turf. t of tl feels that checkoff- ethanol industry. Corn exports have lagged behind e lesdi :h is critical for both the Smith noted that the ultimate goal last year's shipping pace by 9 percent future of Nebraska agricul- of the NCGA Ethanol Marketing Corn- to 10 percent since the current market- mittee is to improve the prospects for ing year began Sept. I, 2001. But now ; corn resistance profitability among America's corn USDA holds out hope that the situa- te. ' growers, tion will improve later in the year. The announced "We understand there are some big keys to larger corn sales are sub-par players in the ethanol market," Smith growing conditions in Argentina and . said. "But there's also room for the China's loss of export subsidies. El- resistance management crobial Bt insecticides must not be up- small producer-owned co-ps or lim- they or both situations could offer an regarding Bt corn will not plied to non-Bt corn refuges, itedliabilitycorporations.Alotofthese opportunity for U.S. producers. Cur- many changes for Nebraska 'q'he EPA has clarified the language smaller plants will be-farmer-owned rent projected exports of 1.975 billion who grow the crop, a Uni- with respect to placement non-Bt ref- and we want to make sure that they are bushelsfor2001-02wouldbeabout40 ist said. uges and relaxed a bit on row-width profitable, total.millin bushels higher than last year's a practical terms, things will re- requirements for refuges planted as The story is different for soybeans. same for 2002, although re- strips through afield," Hunt said. "Let lette management compliance re- Companies marketing Bt corn must US r U.S. export sales since last Sept. 1 are not only up 18 percent from the previ- have been strengthened," monitor for the potential development k Hunt, an entomologist at ofinsectresistance, provide annual re- your true " ou, marketing year but at a record pace. But can it be sustained? Much "h#l Flaskell Agricultural Lab near portsontheefficacyofresistanceman- depe!t.dsondevg]p.tmentsintheSouth- ageTatilplmertr t'eme: ........ perior ,llishing Co. ern HemisRhere dial aefl0h'lattTn the event insec for Bt corn as stated by the U.S. resistance is detected. k are: ProtectiOn Agency for Many companies that market Bt corn L.Qrowrsmustplantarefugeofa t have beenperformingthesecompli- C & M ',20 percent non-Bt corn that may ance activities for the last few years," [ted with insecticides as needed thelnstituteofAgricultureandNatural pply In trol caterpillars, such as Euro- Resources specialist said. "For Ne- .. braska farmers, all this really means is Su C=, 1" Corn borers, and other pests. aR:fuge planting options include that they may see some new language fields, blocks within fields regarding resis!ance management in .ps across fields, their contracts.' ternalrefugesmustbeplanted These changes follow a two-year- S & VICE long EPA review. The EPA determined anne-half mile of the Bt field; that Bt corn is safe and will be regis- er mile or closer =s preferred, tered for another seven years. .nenplantingtherefugeinstrips ' h, r;. an. an t.i For all your Fertilizer, Chemical, Propane , 'T__ _PA has ...... ex ..... ve * ,the field, strips should be at least scientific evaluation and review of re- [ ,' preferably six rows wide. . ports on Bt corn for controlling Euro- and Farm Fuel Needs .. .="secticide treatments to centre= penn corn borer and other related in: Custom Application" of Anhydrous Ammonia Ik.Vean corn borer, corn earworm, , . ,, ,. IlVestern corn borer, fall army- sects,' Hunt stud. Some stumes con- ' 2,and black cutworm in refuges sidered dur!ng the review, addrsed lWed only if an infestation potential risks to monarcn Duueues, 402-226-2261 1411 Highway 136 Ruskin, Neb. li[ economic thresholds for these effects on birds and human allergies to i!lEConomic thresholds are deter- Bt. They determined that. 1st corn poses/ ',, 9sing methods recommended no significant r!sk to environmental or or regional professionals. Mi- human health. .,, We Print I irts Caps Jackets. Banners Signs I Nor Publishing ComlnY J 148 East Third, Su Neb. 1800359-2120 | Need to sell your 1] annual D. O. 7". II Real 00.,mno. o. Estate o., 13.ton gross. Land 1200 E. 3rd, Supedor, Nob. 402-879-4747 or Edward Jones you: Red D Mix Co. t Specification Concrete Personal i Property , "We're proud of our area # Stop by and com producers" (. Farm 1 t  nSforri,,g,ting IRA yoUris easy. visit us at... |. Residential J ]illtY bytoda, II RealMikkelsen ::i li ,3"an M.,e, II Estate :: It o00otr., 00vo. 11 and Auction - rior, Neb 68978 JJ ! II . 0'879"464 Gale Mlkkelsen, Marie iikkelsen, ..l :C'*ardiones coin lJ Katdna Hansen, Barb Bothwell, i.:, "c Selma Ferguson I1356 E. Third, Superior, Neb. 68978, 402-879-4464 E-mail: mr44608@ Superior Edgar Sutton Fairmont Web Sight: 402-879-4355 402-224-8455 402-773-5591 402-268-741 ,. " "" " 7 J 800-422-0465 ever, the potential for various govern- mental regulations and restrictmns, including the possibility ofxport taxes, leaves most Argentine farmers feeling none too cheery. The peso's devalua- tion also may hit farmers when it comes time to buy imported seed and chemi- cals for next year's crop. On balance, I expect more compe- tition for U.S. soybeans and soybean products in worldwide markets as we move through the next several months. This competition, together with record U.S. production in 2001, will leave ample stocks on harm next Aug. 31 when the current marketing year ends. Unless the 2002 crop is significantly smaller than last year's, I see little prospect of sustained price strength. Perhaps this means it would be bet- ter to sell soybeans sooner rather than later, even if the opposite strategy is adopted for corn. America's swine production costs higher than Brazil's The United States' swine industry needs to taken hard look at its costs of production in order to remain competi- tive globally, said Roger Campbell, president of Ausgene International, Gridley, I11. Campbell, speaking during the an- nual Swine Profitability Conference at Kansas State University Feb. 5. said American swineproducers are leaving ,,a lot of money on the table." com- pared to such countries as Canada and Brazil. For the typical U.S. swine herd, the average cost of p/eduction, or what it costs producers tO feed and take care of one animal, is 36,.38 cents per pound. In Brazil, the, average is 22 cents per pound, which f a herd of 1,000 swine, can trandate into more than $150,000. in extmt for th=farmer. Campbell noted that selling heavy- weight hogs is a good way to "dilute" costs of production, while applying research from U.S universities helps producers feed animals more effi- ciently. " Campbell said the threats to the,. U.S. industry, which could drive up/; production costs are environmental'.;. concerns, the potentml introduction eta: such diseases as ibot-and-mouth into' this country, and the strength of the U.S. dollar. Brazil's success in swine produo-L tion also raises the corn petitive bar foi" U.S. producers. "Brazil is probably the country with-, the greatest potential in the pg mdus-, try that I've seen," he noted. Campbell also is the director . research and development for United:, Feeds in Indiarm Ray's Auto Sales 42-SUPE!RIOR ;, 7: error, ::--n  : :::rr::'::Yk:e:s A:ilabl: ,iNC. //::::sTo ae ;rog ram We 11"lEe ua[tj a11 s., flpe11. I  Extended Harvest Hours Randy Rhoads, Merchandiser Dave Healey, Superintendent Superior, Neb. * 402-879-4702 800-228-1004