Syngenta footprint for Enogen corn grows to 11 ethanol plants
“What truly makes Enogen corn unique from other technologies designed to enhance ethanol production is that it adds significant incremental value at the local level for these communities that rely on the success of the ethanol plant,” continued Witherspoon.
After deregulation in February 2011, 19 growers contracted to plant approximately 5,000 acres of Enogen corn seed. This season, those numbers increased to nearly 300 growers and more than 64,000 acres.
“Assuming an average yield of 150 bushels on acres planted with Enogen corn, this translates into nearly $3.9 million of additional revenue for local farmers,” Witherspoon noted.
Ethanol plants have taken notice as well.
“We like working with Enogen corn because not only does it help improve our profitability, it puts the money we would normally spend on liquid enzymes in the pockets of our local farmers,” said Delayne Johnson, general manager of Quad County Corn Processors.
“We’re really excited about Syngenta’s commitment to continue to introduce new technology that ties processing with the producer. Part of our vision when we built the company was to add value back to production agriculture, to our producers locally,” said Tom Willis, CEO of Conestoga Energy Partners.
Enogen trait technology has arrived during a critical time for the renewable fuels industry. With the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) under heavy scrutiny, and frequent changes in market conditions, Enogen corn can provide a suitable solution to deliver value throughout the entire corn ethanol supply chain.
“At Syngenta, we believe biofuels will play a crucial role in sustaining our national and rural economies, adding value for our nation’s corn farmers, and in driving technology developments in agriculture. And we’re proud to contribute in any way possible,” stated Witherspoon.