U.S. Grains Council Releases First Two Installments of 2016 Corn Production Video Series, Focused on Planting Decisions, Progress

The first and second installments of a U.S. Grains Council (USGC) video series chronicling the 2016 U.S. corn growing season are now available online, highlighting pre-planting decisions and planting progress on farms in Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

2016 U.S. Corn Crop is Sprouting - Follow the Facebook Page

Are you curious how the corn is looking in Kansas, Ohio or other parts of the United States? You can find photos, videos and updates from farmers across the country on the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) Facebook page, Growing the 2016 U.S. Corn Crop.

This active and informative page has weather reports, crop progress updates and notes from corn farmers in different parts of the country. Photos from Missouri in early May showed corn in the eastern part of the state emerging in fields.

U.S. Farmers Share Planting Insights

U.S. farmers are well into their spring planting seasons with market conditions and weather in different geographic regions influencing their timing and planting decisions.

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) asked barley, corn and sorghum farmers from across the United States to share information about their planting activities, choices and intentions for the 2016 crop year. These farmers consider market conditions, environmental factors and historical data to guide their work to produce quality coarse grains for the world market.

Renewable Fuel Standard Offers Stability For International Buyers

A U.S. ethanol production facility. Many are located in the Corn Belt, where a majority of the primary feedstock, corn, grows.

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), established in 2005 by the United States government, requires U.S. energy companies to blend renewable fuels like ethanol into petroleum-based transportation fuel. The target amount of conventional renewable fuel blending for 2016 is set at 14.5 billion gallons (54.8 billion liters), more than triple the target blend mandated when the program originated.