S.D. Corn Growers meet Saturday in Sioux Falls

Source: By Todd Epp, KELO • Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Corn in field. Reuters photo.

Corn in field. Reuters photo.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO.com) — There will be plenty to talk about when the South Dakota Corn Growers gather for their 33rd annual convention in Sioux Falls this Saturday, including the future of ethanol.

Executive director Lisa Richardson says, with a huge surplus of corn, that it’s important corn growers look everywhere to add value, including biofuels. Richardson said that farmer success is based on where the corn industry can get the “biggest bang for their buck.”

She says biofuels, like ethanol, can be the future because they produce the needed high octane for engines while producing low carbon.  One country moving in that direction is Japan.

They’re also working to grow the California market, which she described as huge.

She’s confident there will be an abundance of opportunities for biofuels to succeed and that higher octane, low carbon fuels will lead the way.

Some of the other topics to be covered at Saturday’s Corn Growers’ meeting in Sioux Falls include risk management, trade policy, marketing, global weather, and climate.  The day begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Sheraton.

(David Law, KXLG, contributed this report.)