The Quad County Corn Processors ethanol plant in Galva, Iowa, has contracted local farmers to grow about 65,000 acres of Syngenta Enogen corn hybrids this year to supply the facility. The corn hybrid contains the alpha amylase enzyme, which boosts the efficiency of ethanol plants, said Alan Bennett, a farmer and a board member at the plant. "These hybrids have better viscosity when blended with No. 2 yellow corn during processing, so the plant needs less energy," Bennett said, adding that growers earn a premium of 40 cents per bushel.
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