Corn, or maize, is a grain grown primarily for cereal and other food products. With a long history in the Americas, corn is currently the largest U.S. crop. It is usually grown in rotation with complimentary crops such as soybeans.
Corn & Renewable Energy
- The main ethanol feedstock source in the U.S.
- Many small-scale refineries are located in the U.S. Midwest close to the Corn Belt
Corn is grown internationally, with top producers being the U.S., China, and Brazil. The U.S. is the number one producer of maize, the majority of which is grown in the Corn Belt: primarily Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio.
- Integrated in crop rotation
- Existing infrastructure
- Cellulosic as well as ethanol applications
- Highly researched and well-known
Targeted Growth Corn
- Targeted Growth is developing corn optimized for use in ethanol production
- Although highly developed for food use, optimization for fuel use is only just beginning