corn http://hppr.org en Drought sensitivity could reduce corn yields for years to come http://hppr.org/post/drought-sensitivity-could-reduce-corn-yields-years-come <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Corn plants in the United States have become more drought sensitive, not less.&nbsp; Yields have continued to increase because seed companies have developed genetic improvements allowing higher planting density.&nbsp; Drought sensitivity could drive yields down in the years to come unless companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, and DuPont successfully develop varieties that thrive in drought </span><a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/05/140501-corn-yields-drought-food-climate-science/" style="line-height: 1.5;">reported the National Geographic</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 12:15:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 31492 at http://hppr.org Drought sensitivity could reduce corn yields for years to come 2012 Drought Pinches Popcorn Sellers http://hppr.org/post/2012-drought-pinches-popcorn-sellers <p>U.S. popcorn sellers took a big hit from the 2012 drought, which caused one of the worst popcorn harvests in recent memory. Crops not irrigated were decimated and low supplies continue to force local candy shops and giant movie theater chains alike to pay high prices for the golden grain, biting into their profit margin.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:35:29 +0000 Peter Gray 25657 at http://hppr.org 2012 Drought Pinches Popcorn Sellers EPA prepares for an earful on Renewable Fuel Standard http://hppr.org/post/epa-prepares-earful-renewable-fuel-standard <p>Both supporters and opponents of ethanol have had a lot to say since the EPA announced a proposal to <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/changes-may-be-coming-ethanol-policy-RFS-EPA#.Up4288RDuSo">cut the Renewable Fuel Standard</a>, the rules that force oil companies to buy and use certain levels of ethanol. But they’re just warming up. The agency’s first hearing on the proposal is Thursday in Arlington, Va., and advocates from both sides will line up for a chance to give regulators a piece of their minds. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:01:01 +0000 Grant Gerlock 25434 at http://hppr.org EPA prepares for an earful on Renewable Fuel Standard Cheap, plentiful and seemingly in everything http://hppr.org/post/cheap-plentiful-and-seemingly-everything <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Corn is ubiquitous and there are two broad reasons for that: it is cheap and it is versatile.</span></p><p>The price of corn held steady&mdash;and low&mdash;for decades before the ethanol market took off . But even in recent years when the price shot up over $8-a-bushel, it remained viable as a raw material for many uses beyond food, animal feed and fuel.</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:45:55 +0000 Amy Mayer 22896 at http://hppr.org Cheap, plentiful and seemingly in everything Expected bumper crop has price of corn dropping http://hppr.org/post/expected-bumper-crop-has-price-corn-dropping <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>Corn farmers have been riding high prices for the last few years. But an expected bumper crop has prices falling this harvest season, and many economists expect the price of corn to drop to its lowest level in recent years.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 04:39:49 +0000 Amy Mayer 22591 at http://hppr.org Expected bumper crop has price of corn dropping