Biomass: Fuel in the Field
If not in its infancy, biomass farming is perhaps still
toddling along. Yet, most indicators point to a significant increase in
production and an additional source of revenue for farmers, as well as a
variety of other benefits, depending on the crop being grown.
Signs point to a number of infrastructure, process and
equipment enhancements that will make the harvesting, transportation and
storage of biomass much more efficient in the next few years, if not sooner.
For starters, consider the harvesting of corn stover, which
in many areas of the country can increase corn yields for the following year.
Also, perennial grasses such as miscanthus and switchgrass can be grown on
marginal land, require little in the way of inputs, and offer a number of
environmental benefits, such as helping to filter runoff and prevent erosion.
Now farmers and the biofuels industry are looking ahead at
increased production of all things biomass, including the crops mentioned
above, as well as energy sorghum, woody biomass and more. New processes and
technologies are in development to help make the biomass more efficient and
profitable for the farmer.
For more information on promise of biomass crops and biomass
solutions from AGCO, see http://www.myfarmlife.com/advantage/fuel-in-the-field/.