🚗 🚙 Turn your trusty old car into trustworthy journalism Learn more

Floods push corn prices to record

Jeff Tyler Jun 18, 2008
HTML EMBED:
COPY

Floods push corn prices to record

Jeff Tyler Jun 18, 2008
HTML EMBED:
COPY

TEXT OF STORY

Scott Jagow: Now, let’s talk about the price of ethanol. The floods in the Midwest have washed away some corn crops. That’s pushed corn prices to record highs. So ethanol is going to be affected. The question is, how much? Here’s Jeff Tyler.


Jeff Tyler: The flood-related jump in corn prices could hurt some ethanol producers more than others.

Bob Dinneen is CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. It represents the U.S. ethanol industry.

Bob Dinneen: There will be some issues, but it will be company-specific. It’s not an industry-wide event.

Verasun Energy is one of those specific companies. It’s one of the largest producers of ethanol in the U.S., making about a billion gallons annually.

Spokesman Mike Lockrem says climbing corn prices are hindering growth.

Mike Lockrem: We are delaying the start-up of two of our facilities in Hartley, Iowa, and Welcome, Minn., due to current market conditions.

And it’s more than just corn prices:

Lockrem: In today’s market, ethanol is undervalued.

With ethanol prices low and corn prices high, the profit margin for producers is shrinking.

I’m Jeff Tyler for Marketplace.

There’s a lot happening in the world.  Through it all, Marketplace is here for you. 

You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible. 

Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.