Corn stover for ethanol, feed and the old family farm

Stover_baleDuPont will be building a cellulosic ethanol plant near Nevada that could be the nation’s largest, producing fuel from corn stover. And farmers are relying on corn stover for livestock feed and bedding now that the hay market is high.

As stover is thinly spread to use for other needs, what does this do to the health of the soil? Can this be sustainable?

Read the stories–

Cedar Rapids Gazette: Story County ethanol plant could become nation’s largest

Quad City Times/AP: More Iowa farmers relying on corn stover

…And for a nostalgic look back at the ol’ family farm, read  Dan Gogerty’s editorial from the Des Moines Register: Who Photoshopped the corn harvest?

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