Corn crops increasingly vulnerable to dry spells

May 10, 2014

Corn crops increasingly vulnerable to dry spells

U.S. farmers can grow more corn than ever before thanks to genetic modifications and improved planting techniques, but the crops are also increasingly vulnerable to drought, researchers recently said. The study in the journal Science found that “densely planted corn appears to be unexpectedly ...

EPA proposes reducing biofuel mandate

Nov 16, 2013

EPA proposes reducing biofuel mandate

by Steven Mufson

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed lowering requirements for biofuel use in 2014, trimming targets for corn-based ethanol use for the first time. The proposal would set ethanol use at 15.21 billion gallons (57.58 billion liters), just under 10 percent of motor ...