US EPA APPROVES E15 FOR MOST CARS!

“The Environmental Protection Agency announced that E15 — consisting of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline — is safe for engines in cars, light trucks, and sport-utility vehicles from model years 2001 through 2006.”

This is an exciting day for corn growers and ethanol manufacturers alike!  Today, our photo is a nighttime shot of Adkins Energy, LLC in Lena, IL which we can see here is beautiful as well as good for the environment and great for national security.  Corn-based ethanol is truly a win-win product.

CELEBRATING CONVENTIONALLY PRODUCED BEEF

Tim Lenz and beef herd

The Illinois Corn Growers Association immediate past President, Tim Lenz, manages a beef herd in what we’d call a “conventional” way.  These cows eat grass and corn, among other things I’m sure, before they reach market weight and head off to become hamburger.

These cows do not produce organic beef – and its a good thing.  Organic products haven’t been fairing real well in terms of safety lately.  Read more about that in this LA Times article.

The point?  American’s need a little more realism in their purchasing life.  Conventional food and organic food might have their differences, but safety isn’t one of them.

CELEBRATE MAPLE SYRUP DAY!

 

funks grove, maple sirup

Its maple syrup day and we’ve got some of the best maple sirup just a few miles south of the Illinois Corn office in Central Illinois.  Visit the Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup website to read all about their rich history and even richer sirup!

For some fun ideas on how to celebrate Maple Syrup Day, click here!

FRIDAY FARM PHOTO

Illinois Corn recognized that we will likely see a shift in the Congressmen that represented us, but no one predicted quite this large of a shift! Here are the new faces we look forward to working with in January!

Congratulations to Joe Walsh, Robert Dold, Randy Hultgren, Adam Kinzinger, Bobby Schilling, & Mark Kirk on their new offices and thank you to Cong Bean, Foster, Halvorson, & Hare for your service.

WHERE WERE YOU ONE YEAR AGO?

                                                         photo taken October 6, 2010
ICMB Director Tim Seifert anticipates being done with his harvest on this coming Monday, October 11.  Last year, he remembers starting his harvest around October 10 or 12.  What a difference a year makes!

CORN HARVEST HAS ARRIVED

Corn harvest is in full swing in Central Illinois, with the cool, breezy weather we’ve had lately drying out the corn in a hurry. 
Today’s forecast from the USDA is that corn production would hit a record 13.2 billion bushels, which is higher than the current 2009 record of 13.1 billion bushels.  Yields are expected to average 162.5 bushels per acre which is down from last year’s record of 164.7 bushels per acre.
If you enjoy this sort of data, click here to read more!