Anderson's Greenville Ethanol Plant Taking Wheat

The Andersons Marathon Ethanol plant near Greenville has been surprising wheat growers by using the crop for the production of ethanol.

“We are open for wheat during harvest here. It is the starch in the corn kernel that we convert into sugar and ferment into ethanol. There is also starch content in wheat,” said Mike Irmen, director of ethanol services for The Andersons, Inc. “There is not as much starch in wheat as there is in a corn kernel, so we know we won’t get quite the ethanol yield per bushel that we get out of corn. But our test results show us that if we can buy wheat at approximately $1 less than what we have to pay for corn, which is the current market difference, then we think we can still come out ahead. We’re willing to give it a try to see what we can learn.”

The 110 million gallon ethanol plant currently has separate hours for taking wheat and is testing for vomitoxin. To learn more about the use of wheat for ethanol production at the facility listen to Irmen’s interview with Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo.

Mike Irmen, Director of Ethanol Services for The Andersons explains to Dale Minyo why their Greenville ethanol plant is accepting wheat.

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  1. Is there any Sorghum grown in Ohio? Sorghum has proven to be a high-yield feedstock for ethanol, and cheap to grow.

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