Syngenta announced an agreement with Chief Agri/Industrial Division to provide Enogen corn growers rebates on grain bins and other equipment. This is a move by Syngenta to help farmers identity preserve Enogen grain, which earns farmers a premium from some ethanol producers. A storage bin rebate obviously has potential for helping Syngenta recruit more Enogen corn growers.   

Earlier this year, Syngenta introduced the Ethanol Grain Quality Solution (EGQS), an initiative that includes agronomic protocols and best practices specifically designed, according to the company, as a contributor to higher yields, improving grain quality and resulting in more ethanol per bushel of corn. It was stressed that grain quality requires attention to detail.

Stiffened bins from Chief Agri/Industrial Division have long been used as an integral component of commercial grain-management systems. Now, they are available in sizes for use on farms. Greater access to technology and expertise from Chief will enable Enogen growers to provide ethanol plants with more high-quality corn while helping to ensure the stewardship of Enogen grain, Syngenta officials are stressing.

“Corn is the single biggest input cost for an ethanol plant, and ethanol yield per bushel is one of the biggest drivers of plant profitability,” said Guy Hartwig, head of Enogen grain operations at Syngenta. “Increasingly, ethanol plants are seeking not just clean, dry corn with little or no damage and foreign material, but also grain with quality characteristics that can maximize ethanol production per bushel, including more accessible starch. Chief’s industry-leading grain-handling technology and best-in-class customer service will help Enogen growers maximize profitability, while helping to support the ethanol industry.”

Enogen growers are required to follow specific stewardship guidelines to receive a 40-cents-per-bushel (on average) premium. These guidelines include planting non-Enogen border rows around an Enogen cornfield, cleaning out planters and combines and dedicating bin space for all Enogen grain.