Syngenta creates hybrid corn just for the ethanol industry
By Forrest Saunders, Multimedia Journalist - email
NEAR MERRILL, Iowa (KTIV) -
Chemical company Syngenta has a new corn hybrid designed just for the ethanol industry.
"Enogen" is bioengineered with a special enzyme that's typically added in ethanol production. Syngenta claims producers using Enogen wont need to add that enzyme, making their production more efficient and cheaper.
Growers could benefit too. Syngenta says through contracts ethanol producers will pay farmers a premium for Enogen grain.
"Kind of a win, win, win all the way around. We keep all of that additional value that's created in the local community, both to through the improvement in the ethanol plant, and the premium paid to the farmer," said Jack Bernens with Syngenta.
Syngenta estimates Enogen can save a 100 million gallon plant 450 thousand gallons of water, and 244 billion BTUs of natural gas.
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