Figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show Missouri farmers produced an estimated 435 million bushels of corn last year, up 76 percent from 2012.
Federal officials are proposing lifting restrictions on the use of some genetically modified seeds.
“Ehen a government agency answers basically what Big Oil wants and how much they want to blend, that’s a concern”
The Associated Press found ethanol production results in less land conservation and more farm fertilizer runoff.
Missouri lawmakers blocked a proposal Wednesday that could have allowed greater amounts of ethanol to be blended into the gasoline sold for most vehicles.
The weekly report says just 1 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, compared with 42 percent at the same time last year and a five-year average of 13 percent.
The Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service says there were 1.4 days suitable for fieldwork, though farmers in the northern and central parts of the state had less than half a day.
At this time last year, 88 percent of Illinois’ corn crop was in the ground. This year, just seven percent is.
“Corn planting remains stalled at 1 percent complete. That compares to 56 percent one year ago, when we had that wonderful early spring,” the USDA says.
Vernon Hugh Bowman seems comfortable with the old way of doing things, right down to the rotary-dial telephone he used in a conference call with reporters.