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.
District 2: Jason Rayner, Finley, ND
North Dakota is divided into seven districts. These districts elect a member to serve producers on the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council. Jason Rayner of Finley, ND represents those producers in District 2. District 2 is comprised of Cass, Steele and Traill Counties.
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…)
North Dakota-based Laboratory Develops a DNA Test for Growers to Confirm Palmer Amaranth, Waterhemp, and Related Pigweed Species
By Dr. Zack Bateson, Research Scientist, National Agricultural Genotyping Center (more…)
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…)
North Dakota Ethanol and Corn Industries Say Year-Round E15 Benefits Consumers, Agriculture and Fuel Retailers
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…)
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…)
North Dakota Corn Utilization Council names Jean Henning Executive Director
FARGO, North Dakota — April 4, 2019 — The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council announced that Jean Henning will serve as Executive Director.
“We are grateful for Jean’s leadership as Interim Executive Director since January,” said Terry Wehlander, Chairman. “Jean has been with North Dakota Corn for four years, and we look forward to continuing to work with her as we further the mission of the Council to create a healthy, profitable business climate for the northern corn industry.”
“We are excited to look for innovative new opportunities and ways to expand the market for North Dakota corn through research, education and promotion.” Henning said. “I look forward to working with our partnering organizations to maximize value for North Dakota corn farmers.”
Jean will oversee the effective operation of the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council. She will be responsible for administering the corn checkoff assessment programming in North Dakota as well as investing and leveraging North Dakota Corn Check-off resources for the funding of research, education, and market development.
The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) was created in 1991 and consists of 7 members representing seven districts. The NDCUC oversees how North Dakota’s corn checkoff dollars are spent on research, education and promotion of corn and corn products.
Shortening is a functional ingredient that has been widely used in the baking industry. Partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the core ingredient that was used to manufacture shortening, is banned by the FDA from food use. They are likely replaced by butter or tropical oils (palm oil and coconut oil). Certainly, the replacement of PHOs by palm or coconut oil is not a promising means since both oils contain extremely high amounts of saturated fatty acids. As a matter of fact, food manufacturers and scientists are seeking for alternative approaches that can replace PHOs and produce shortening that can mimic the physical properties of PHOs-based shortening while maintaining the balanced fatty acid profile. (more…)