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DuPont Introduces Technology to Help Increase Ethanol Production


QualiTrakSM Allows Ethanol Plants to Track and Communicate Detailed Production Information to Corn Growers

Ethanol plants have a new tool to enable them to increase the amount of ethanol they produce per bushel of grain. DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred today introduced QualiTrakSM, a new measurement and reporting system that facilitates the flow of predicted ethanol yield information to both plant personnel and corn growers.

QualiTrak is the only system that predicts and reports ethanol yield data in gallons per bushel.

“QualiTrak is a big step toward increasing the amount of ethanol that processors can get from a bushel,” said Russ Sanders, marketing director, Pioneer Hi-Bred. “The system can provide processors with comprehensive comparative ethanol yield prediction data for every load of grain brought to a plant. When shared with corn growers who sell grain to the facility, this information will enable the selection of seed hybrids that can produce higher ethanol yields per bushel.”

The measurement function of the QualiTrak system incorporates the Pioneer proprietary Ethanol Yield Potential calibration technology used with FOSS grain analyzers. This calibration accurately predicts ethanol yield on all commercial grain, regardless of seed source. The reporting function provides comprehensive comparative information for all loads of grain delivered to a plant. This data can help both growers and processors evaluate and compare each delivery.

“This information will help improve the economics of the ethanol industry and corn production as a result of better supply chain management,” Sanders said. “QualiTrak can help plants produce more ethanol with the same amount of grain. And quality oriented farmers will have the opportunity to quantify and communicate the increased value of their crop to grain buyers.”

In June, DuPont and FOSS North America announced an agreement providing Pioneer proprietary Ethanol Yield Potential calibration technology for use in FOSS grain analyzers. Pioneer is working with Foss to make the calibration widely available to the industry.

Pioneer also plans to license its proprietary Ethanol Yield Potential calibration technology and the QualiTrak system to universities, third-party organizations, and other seed companies.

Pioneer already has evaluated its entire corn hybrid lineup for ethanol yield potential and has identified more than 180 hybrids that produce higher than average amounts of ethanol. Many of these hybrids also contain the Herculex® I insect protection gene for better grain quality. These high total fermentable (HTF) hybrids are being positioned with farmers near ethanol plants to provide additional marketing opportunities for the grower as well as efficiencies at the ethanol facility.


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