North Dakota Corn Utilization Council

3 Dec

Many Factors Influence Corn Test Weight

2019-12-03T07:44:48-06:00December 3rd, 2019|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

by Dr. Kenneth J. Hellevang; NDSU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Poor growing and harvesting conditions this year have North Dakota producers concerned about the test weight of their corn.

“Many factors influence the measured test weight of corn, including the physical characteristics of the kernel such as size, density, shape and surface of the kernel,” says Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension agricultural engineer. (more…)

19 Nov

Pink at the Pump® Campaign Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

2019-12-06T13:32:30-06:00November 19th, 2019|News Releases, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

BISMARCK, N.D. – By choosing Unleaded88, a higher-octane fuel containing 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, drivers across North Dakota helped raise $1,600 for breast cancer awareness as part of the 2nd annual Pink at the Pump® campaign, co-sponsored by the North Dakota Ethanol Council and North Dakota Corn Utilization Council.

Sixteen North Dakota retail stations offering Unleaded88 participated in this promotion by donating three cents of every gallon of Unleaded88 sold from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 to North Dakota Women’s Way.

“We are grateful to be the recipient of Pink at the Pump® promotion. The funds will be used to extend our reach to women across North Dakota,” says Susan Mormann, North Dakota Women’s Way director. North Dakota Women’s Way provides a way to pay for most breast and cervical cancer screening services for eligible North Dakota women and promotes early detection of breast and cervical cancer through provision of screening services to eligible women.

“Petro Serve USA stations across the state welcomed the opportunity to be part of this campaign for North Dakota,” says Kent Satrang, Petro Serve USA CEO. “We are honored to contributing to Women’s Way knowing the great work it is doing on early detection of breast cancer.”

“North Dakota’s corn growers are proud to be a partner in this effort,” says Terry Wehlander, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council chairman. “Ethanol is the world’s cleanest source of fuel octane. By choosing Unleaded88 during October, consumers fought breast cancer at the pump while supporting North Dakota’s corn farmers.”

Unleaded88 is a fuel blend containing 15 percent ethanol, just five percent more ethanol than E10, the most commonly used fuel in the U.S. Unleaded88 is often sold at a 5- to 10-cent per-gallon discount to E10 and is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for use in all 2001 and newer vehicles.


Contact: Deana Wiese, NDEC Executive Director

25 Oct

Improving Salinity and Waterlogging Stress Resilience in Corn

2019-10-28T08:43:37-05:00October 25th, 2019|General Information, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

by Kalidas Shetty and Dipayan Sarkar; NDSU Plant Science Department

Corn is an important commodity crop of North Dakota and corn industry is a major contributor to the state’s economy. Addressing different production challenges of corn growers to improve overall productivity and profitability is essential for growth and sustainability of corn industry. Corn growers of North Dakota are facing increasing challenges from several abiotic stresses, such as salinity, drought, waterlogging, and heat stress.

27 Aug

European Corn Borer Trapping Network and Outreach

2019-10-25T13:12:51-05:00August 27th, 2019|General Information, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

by Dr. Janet Knodel, Professor and Extension Entomologist, North Dakota State University
Co-Investigator: Dr. Veronica Calles-Torrez, Post-Doctoral Scientist, North Dakota State University

The European corn borer (Figure 1) is a significant pest of corn, as well as other crops, including potato, millet, and many vegetables. For all agricultural crops attacked, European corn borer costs growers in the U.S. over 1 billion dollars annually due to yield losses and control costs. Yield losses due to European corn borer infestations are primarily due to tunneling in stalks and ear shanks that result in physiological stress and stalk breakage and dropped ears prior to harvest. (more…)

19 Jul

Research on North Dakota’s Most Important Corn Disease: Goss’ Wilt

2019-07-23T10:54:02-05:00July 19th, 2019|News Releases, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

by Dr. Andrew Friskop
Extension Plant Pathologist, North Dakota State University

The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) has provided financial support to conduct research on Goss’ wilt, a bacterial disease that can result in significant yield reductions. Goss’ wilt was first identified in ND in 2011 and has been observed in most corn producing regions throughout the state. The disease can be identified by looking for water-soaked lesions with freckles. Lesions eventually will turn necrotic (brown) disrupting photosynthesis and reducing yield. Goss’ wilt is often observed in pockets in the field (Figure 1), field margins, or areas near last year’s corn residue. Given the important of the disease, NDCUC funded research has investigated the prevalence of the disease in the state, assessed yield loss potential and evaluated aggressiveness differences from field samples. Here are some of the highlights from the research. (more…)

31 May

North Dakota Ethanol and Corn Industries Say Year-Round E15 Benefits Consumers, Agriculture and Fuel Retailers

2019-05-31T10:46:58-05:00May 31st, 2019|News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

Bismarck, N.D. — North Dakota’s ethanol and corn industries applaud the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement today that retailers will be able to sell E15, a blend of gasoline and 15 percent ethanol, year-round. E15 is government approved for all conventional light-duty vehicles, model 2001 and newer. These vehicles make up 90 percent of the light-duty vehicles on the road today. (more…)

16 Apr

Corn Distiller’s Grains – A New Source of Natural Glue for Particleboards

2019-07-19T09:48:24-05:00April 16th, 2019|"Corn: Technically Speaking" Blog, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

by Dr. Dilpreet Bajwa

Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University

Building products, construction and the furniture industry are the largest users of particleboards. The particleboard market grew at the rate of 6% during 2009-2016 period, reaching $17 billion in 2016. Typically, particleboard is made from wood particles, adhesive (glue) and wax. There are different types of glue that can be used to bind wood particles. The most common types of glue are fossil fuel derived, such as phenol formaldehyde, urea formaldehyde, melamine formaldehyde and methylene diphenyl diisocynate (MDI). They are widely popular as they are economical, abundant and their performance characteristics are well understood. (more…)