Drought, troubled corn crop lead ethanol plant to halt production

GARNETT, Kan. - The drought and problems with the corn crop have led a Garnett, Kan., ethanol plant to stop production in the fall.

East Kansas Agri-Energy. LLC, will temporarily halt production October 1 because of the drought, low corn production and price hikes for harvested corn, according to a company official.

Demand for gasoline is down and that means more ethanol will be waiting to go the market place, the company stated in a news release.

The company normally gets its corn from eastern Kansas, but has been getting corn from other states in the last year.

Bill Pracht, chairperson of the board, said in the release the company studied the situation extensively and determined it was in the best interest of the company to halt production.

The plant could be shut down until next year's corn harvest, a company official told 41 Action News.

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