Susanne Retka Schill

Sue Retka Schill is senior editor at BBI International, writing and editing for Ethanol Producer Magazine and assisting with the editing of other BBI titles, including Biomass Magazine. She started working with BBI International in late 2006 and has written on a  variety of topics for Ethanol Producer Magazine, Biodiesel Magazine and Biomass Magazine. She has over 30 years of experience in reporting on agriculture and rural life for regional publications and community newspapers.

Latest Posts by Susanne Retka Schill

September 11, 2014

Corn to yield 171.7 bu/acre for record 14.4 billion bushel crop

The USDA boosted its corn yield forecast by 4.3 bushels per acre to a record 171.7 bushels, projecting corn production at a record 14.395 billion bushels, 368 million bushels higher than last month's supply/demand report. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

Legacy 18 MMgy Minnesota plant restarts ethanol production

Minnesota-based Buffalo Lake Advanced Biofuels recently restarted operations. The 18 MMgy plant, which was purchased out of bankruptcy in 2012, has undergone repairs and upgrades, including the installation of a new solids separation technology. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

DDGS exporters/importers to gather in Seattle Oct. 20-22

International buyers for distillers grains are making plans to attend Export Exchange 2014 scheduled for Oct. 20-22 in Seattle, Washington. The event is put on by the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

August 22, 2014

EPA's final 2014 RVO delivered to the OMB; industry reacts

The U.S. EPA has finalized its 2014 renewable volume obligation rule for the renewable fuels standard and submitted it to the Office of Management and Budget for review on Friday, Aug. 22. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

USDA projects corn yield at record 167.4 bushels per acre

The USDA survey-based yield forecast in the August supply/demand report pegs corn yield at a record 167.4 bushels per acre, up 2.1 bushel from last month's projection. The new forecast projects a record corn crop of 14.032 billion bushels. READ MORE

August 11, 2014

Corn use for ethanol likely to top 5 billion bushels this year

Corn use for ethanol production is likely to hit 5.1 billion bushels for the current marketing year, based on current estimates of 14.1 billion gallons of ethanol production, said University of Illinois ag economist Darrel Good in a recent analysis. READ MORE

August 11, 2014

Irwin RINs analysis points to rollback of proposed RFS cuts

The ratio between D6 ethanol renewable identification numbers (RINs) and D4 biodiesel RINs are primary clues indicating the market expects the U.S. EPA to roll back its proposed cuts to the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

August 08, 2014

Dakota Spirit Rising

The first corn ethanol plant to be built in more than five years is taking shape in North Dakota. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Economist analyzes RIN generation: 2014 pace will meet need

Analyzing the past six months of U.S. EPA reports on renewable identification number generation, University of Illinois economist Nick Paulson suggests obligated parties don't expect the EPA's 2014 volumes to be as low as the EPA's proposed levels. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

Ethanol hedge for corn farmers working as expected in 2014

With corn prices the lowest in years, the question arises whether farmers who invested in ethanol plants are finding it an effective hedge. Retired Iowa State University ag economist Don Hofstrand analyzed the question in a recent newsletter. READ MORE