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Kansas Ethanol, LLC signs agreement to use Enogen corn from Syngenta

  • Marketing agreement enables local farmers to serve as enzyme suppliers and earn additional premium per Enogen® bushel
  • Significant reduction in corn mash viscosity can lead to increased throughput and yield potential, as well as reduced energy usage, for ethanol plants
  • Kansas Ethanol to accept its first load of Enogen corn this fall

MINNETONKA, Minn., U.S.A., February 13, 2019 – Syngenta today announced a three-year marketing agreement with Kansas Ethanol, LLC to use Enogen® corn enzyme technology at its 80 million-gallon ethanol plant in Lyons, Kansas.

Enogen corn enzyme technology is an in-seed innovation available exclusively from Syngenta and features the first biotech corn output trait designed specifically to enhance ethanol production. Using modern biotechnology to deliver best-in-class alpha amylase enzyme directly in the grain, Enogen corn eliminates the need to add liquid alpha amylase and can help an ethanol plant significantly reduce the viscosity of its corn mash, improving plant performance. Numerous trials have shown that Enogen hybrids perform equal to or better than other high-performing corn hybrids.1

Kansas Ethanol, LLC will begin using Enogen® corn at its Lyons, Kansas, ethanol facility beginning in the fall of 2019.

Enogen corn will provide the Kansas Ethanol facility with an industry-leading enzyme for enhanced ethanol production, while also supporting local growers and the community. The Kansas Ethanol facility will be accepting its first load of Enogen grain this fall.

“This agreement will enable us to buy more corn directly from farmers and purchase alpha amylase locally, in the form of high-quality grain,” said Mike Chisam, President and CEO of Kansas Ethanol, LLC. “We believe Enogen corn will create value for our plant, our growers and our community.”

Farmers who grow Enogen corn are eligible to earn an additional premium per Enogen bushel. To date, more than $100 million in premiums have been paid to Enogen growers. According to data from Iowa State University, these premiums create an additional $63 million in economic activity for a total of $163 million in cumulative economic benefit to the region.2

“We are proud to partner with Kansas Ethanol to help keep enzyme dollars local and help them invest in their local community,” said Jeff Oestmann, head, Biofuels Operations – Enogen at Syngenta. “Syngenta is committed to the success of the ethanol industry through helping plants operate more efficiently and providing growers the opportunity to serve as enzyme suppliers.”

To inquire about incorporating Enogen into a dry grind ethanol plant, contact Jeff Oestmann at For more information about Enogen corn hybrids, contact a Golden Harvest® Seed Advisor or NK® retailer or visit

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1Based on Enogen trial and commercial results at Midwest ethanol plants.
2 D. Swenson, Iowa State University.

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