Companies to Help Farmers Understand Ethanol Yield Potential

DuPont and FOSS North America have agreed to give farmers information to help them understand the potential of corn being deliver to ethanol plants.

Published on: Jun 28, 2007

DuPont and FOSS North America announced an agreement Wednesday that will help farmers and ethanol producers better understand ethanol yield potential of grain corn being delivered to ethanol plants.

The agreement, announced during the Fuel Ethanol Workshop, provides FOSS rights to technology developed by DuPont.

Under terms of the agreement, DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred is providing to FOSS proprietary Ethanol Yield Potential calibration technology for use in FOSS grain analyzers. The technology provides estimated ethanol yield in terms of gallons per bushel.

The technology allows ethanol producers to use real-time data to manage the grain feeding their ethanol production process. The idea is for farmers to be able to take this information and combine it with their on-farm agronomic performance data to tailor the corn hybrids they plant to maximize their ethanol yield on every acre.

Pioneer has already evaluated all of its hybrids for ethanol yields and has identified over 180 hybrids that produce higher than average amounts of ethanol. These high total fermentable ethanol hybrids are being positioned with farmers near ethanol plants.